Realism and Anti-Realism: Dummett's Challenge

Michael J. Loux

in The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284221
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Realism and Anti-Realism: Dummett's Challenge


The past three decades have seen a renewed interest among analytic philosophers in the topic of realism, an interest that has given rise to a significant body of literature at the intersection of metaphysics and the philosophy of language. Michael Dummett's contributions to this literature have been as influential as any. He first focused the attention of analytic philosophers on the topic in a series of papers in the late 1960s and early 1970s; and his continuing efforts to explore the issue of realism have shaped much of the discussion in the ensuing years. Dummett's earliest writings on realism have a straightforward aim.

Keywords: realism; anti-realism; Michael Dummett; metaphysics; philosophy of language; analytic philosophers

Article.  15725 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics

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