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Absolute Reality and Dissociation

Nicholas Jardine

in The Scenes of Inquiry

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250395
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681288 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250395.003.0008
Absolute Reality and Dissociation

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This chapter gives an account of the absolute reality of questions regarding the amenability in principle to evidential considerations. It shows that the historical diversity of styles of inquiry in the sciences poses a clear challenge to the absolute reality of the questions in the sciences. It explores different strategies for resisting this challenge. In this regard, the chapter argues that the challenge can be met if calibration against precedents and standards can be shown to be a predominant factor in bringing about methodological changes in the sciences.

Keywords: absolute reality; challenge; calibration; precedents; evidential considerations

Chapter.  4955 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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