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What Price Antirealism?

Michael C. Rea

in World Without Design

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199247608
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601804 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199247609.003.0007
What Price Antirealism?

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Argues that, having been forced to give up realism about material objects, naturalists are committed to accepting constructivism, the view that the modal properties of material objects are mind‐dependent. Also argues that, in accepting constructivism, naturalists must give up materialism. Finally, shows that, once materialism has been given up, standard arguments against mind‐body dualism turn their teeth against realism about other minds.

Keywords: anti‐realism; constructivism; dualism; realism; solipsism

Chapter.  5600 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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