Chapter Four

A. W. Moore

in Points of View

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250623
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598050 | DOI:
 Chapter Four

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I distinguish my question from various others with which it might be confused, and then argue for an affirmative answer to it (in other words, that absolute representations are possible). My argument, which I call ‘the Basic Argument’, is an embellishment of an argument due to Williams. Its key premise, which I call ‘the Basic Assumption’, and which I express as the assumption that ‘representations are representations of what is there anyway’, involves a cluster of interrelated ideas about the unity, substantiality, and autonomy of reality. (This is the assumption I make in the argument of Chapter 3.) I end the chapter by considering the role of science, and specifically of physics, within what I have just argued.

Keywords: absolute; autonomy; physics; reality; representations; substantiality; unity; Bernard Williams

Chapter.  6818 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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