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Introduction

Barry Stroud

in The Quest for Reality

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151886
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199867189 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195151887.003.0001
 Introduction

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Outlines the philosophical quest for reality, and how humans are related to the real world through perceptions, thoughts and beliefs. A discussion of what constitutes a metaphysical question is followed by a brief outline of certain philosophers’ ideas on reality through history, focusing on causality, subjectivity and objectivity, physicalism (or materialism) and giving a critique of correspondence theory. Introduces the subject of whether certain ideas, such as colours and morality, are real both as human perceptions and in a correspondent reality.

Keywords: Causality; Colours; Correspondence theory; Materialism; Morality; Objectivity; Perception; Physicalism; Reality; Subjectivity

Chapter.  8473 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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