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REALITY

Martin Kusch

in Knowledge by Agreement

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780199251223
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601767 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251223.003.0018
REALITY

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Reviews the contemporary debate between realists (’innocent’, ’external’, ’absolute’, ’metaphysical’) and anti‐realists (’irrealism’, ’internal realism’, ’pluralism’, ’relativistic Kantianism’). Criticises ideas and arguments of both sides of the debate where they were based on mistaken semantic assumptions (of fixed extensions). In particular, the chapter rejects the notion of ’one true description of the world’, talk of ’determinate meanings and truth values within a conceptual scheme’, and the idea of once‐and‐for‐all incompatibilities between conceptual schemes.

Keywords: anti‐realism; conceptual schemes; finitism; Kantianism; objects; pluralism; realism

Chapter.  6171 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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