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A Putnam's Progress

Ernest Lepore and Barry Loewer

in Meaning, Mind, and Matter

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580781
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595264 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580781.003.0011
A Putnam's Progress

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According to Putnam, metaphysical realism is the view that world consists of a fixed totality of mind‐independent objects and properties; that truth involves some sort of correspondence relation between words and these objects; and that there is one true complete description of the way the world is. He goes on to argue that this view is incoherent and he wants to replace it with a view he labels internal realism. His views have not met with wide acceptance. The chapter offers an interpretation of his views that may make his conclusions more palatable.

Keywords: metaphysical realism; internal realism; Putnam; correspondence; truth

Chapter.  8125 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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