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Austere RealismContextual Semantics Meets Minimal Ontology$
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Terence E. Horgan and Matjaž Potrč

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262083768

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262083768.001.0001

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Problems for Simple Realism

Problems for Simple Realism

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(p.15) 2 Problems for Simple Realism
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Austere Realism
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Terry Horgan

Matjaž Potrč

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262083768.003.0003

This chapter discusses arguments that rebut simple realism; it is contended here that careful consideration of certain matters that arise in connection with questions of ontology brings to fore strong and formidable arguments against simple realism. The key methodological aphorism honored here is one that acknowledges the importance of following commonsense reflection to where it leads. This requires not recoiling from the consequences of a line of thought guided by commonsensical modes of reasoning even if these seem repugnant to naive common sense itself. The antithesis stage of simple realism is presented here; this stage of our inquiry will conclude in leaving reflective common sense deeply in tension with itself. On the one hand, common sense is still inclined to accept simple realism; on the other, common sense is aware of very deep problems that appear to render simple realism untenable.

Keywords:   simple realism, methodological aphorism, commonsensical modes of reasoning, naive common sense, antithesis stage, reflective common sense

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