Essays in Quasi-Realism

Essays in Quasi-Realism

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In these essays, Simon Blackburn explores one of the most profound and fertile of philosophical problems: the way in which our judgements relate to the world.

This debate has centred on realism, or the view that what we say is validated by the way things stand in the world, and a variety of oppositions to it. Prominent among the latter are expressive and projective theories, but also a relaxed pluralism that discourages the view that there are substantial issues at stake. The figure of the `quasi-realist' dramatizes the difficulty of conducting these debates. Typically philosophers thinking of themselves as realists will believe that they alone can
give a proper or literal account of some of our attachments-to truth, to facts, to the independent world, to knowledge, and to certainty. The quasi-realist challenge, developed by Blackburn in this volume, is that we can have those attachments without any metaphysic that deserves calling realism, so
that the metaphysical picture that goes with our practices is quite idle. The cases treated here include the theories of value and of knowledge, modality, probability, causation, intentionality and rule-following, and explanation.

A substantial new introduction has been added, drawing together some of the central themes.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 270 pages
  • 159 x 241 x 21mm | 558g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195080416
  • 9780195080414

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`The papers span nearly twenty years, and although some are well known, it is useful to have them in one volume ... a rich field.'
Times Literary Supplement All these essays have been published previously, and everyone in the field will be glad to have them conveniently collected. They well display their author's virtues in advancing philosophical debate...He is alwya candid rather than cagey, laying his cards on the table and not pretending to a stronger hand than he can display.He reminds us that the truth is to be sought in the open air of frank discussion and not in the hermetic chambers of dominant
fashion. * Utilitas *
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