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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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Contextual Semantics: Truth as Indirect Correspondence

Contextual Semantics: Truth as Indirect Correspondence

(p.33) 3 Contextual Semantics: Truth as Indirect Correspondence
Austere Realism

Terry Horgan

Matjaž Potrč

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on reflective commonsensical reasoning and argues that reflective common sense leads the way toward a refined commonsense metaphysical realism, to be put in lieu of the naive version that is here referred to as simple realism. Austere realism is essentially dependent on the idea of truth is an indirect form of correspondence rather than being direct correspondence. This idea is further developed in this chapter, and is positioned within a more general approach to thought-world relations and language-world relations that is referred to here as contextual semantics. The discussion is initiated with methodological remarks regarding how to pursue a suitable refinement of simple realism. It is shown here that, in order to address the challenges presented in the previous chapter, it is necessary to apply commonsensical modes of reasoning.

Keywords:   reflective commonsensical reasoning, refined commonsense metaphysical realism, simple realism, austere realism, thought-world relations, language-world relations, contextual semantics

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