Realism and Anti‐Realism

Michael Dummett

in The Seas of Language

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236214
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597350 | DOI:
Realism and Anti‐Realism

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Disputes about realism should be construed as disputes not about a class of entities, but about the truth‐value of the statements in a given class. For what reality consists in is not determined just by what objects there are, but by what propositions hold good: the world is the totality of facts, not of things. However, the rejection of bivalence is not a sufficient ground for rejecting realism. A genuine rejection of realism amounts to the view that logical constants classically understood do not make sense.

Keywords: Ayer; bivalence; phenomenalism; Realism; theory of meaning; Wittgenstein

Chapter.  8361 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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