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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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Objections to Austere Realism

Objections to Austere Realism

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Austere Realism

Terry Horgan

Matjaž Potrč

The MIT Press

This chapter expands on the defense of austere realism by addressing the three challenges most likely to be raised against it. The first challenge relates to austere realism's support of austere ontology; this makes austere realism contrary to common sense beliefs about the world or to what facts science puts forth about the world. The second challenge concerns the problems faced by the appeal to contextual variability of semantic standards, which will be discussed in detail here. Finally, the third challenge concerns the skeptical doubts apt to arise regarding whether an adequate general account can be given of matters like the variety of indirect correspondence semantic standards and the dynamics of contextual variation in semantic standards.

Keywords:   austere realism, austere ontology, contextual variability, indirect correspondence semantic standards, common sense beliefs

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