"The ideas of unilinear development, in this perspective, is one-sided, because it fails to account for the whole range of possibility in which process constitutes but one of several dominant configurations." I am not sure what is the meaning of "but" in "but one of several dominant configurations. " Does this word "but" mean "except?"

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    Means surprisingly only one. Commented Oct 26, 2020 at 20:36

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It means "only". This is the adverb "but" (OALD).

(OALD) There were a lot of famous people there: Lady Gaga and Hugh Jackman, to name but two.

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