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The Philosophical Conception of an Independent Reality

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/10.1093/0195151887.003.0002
 The Philosophical Conception of an Independent Reality

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Analyses the possibility of objective knowledge of an independent reality, characterised by its independence from knowledge and belief, through a process of testing the correspondence of beliefs to reality. Refers to Bernard Williams's idea of the ‘absolute conception of reality’ which highlights the relations between conceptions connected to knowledge and the possibility of an absolute, objective conception of reality through the elimination of partiality and relativity by a process of correction. Aims to test the idea that colours do not belong to independent reality.

Keywords: Absolute conception of reality; Beliefs; Bernard Williams; Correspondence; Independence; Knowledge; Objectivity; Partiality; Reality; Relativity

Chapter.  11178 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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