Reality and Its Appearance

Reality and Its Appearance

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This is an highly original philosophical study of the relationship between what reality is and what we think it to be. In "Reality and Its Appearance", Nicholas Rescher aims to address the conceptual and analytical question: how does the concept of reality function and how should we think with regard to the issue of reality's relations to appearances? Rescher argues that the distinction between reality and its appearance is not a substantive distinction between two types of being, but rather relates to different ways of understanding one selfsame mode of being. The book proposes that while realism is a sensible and tenable position, nevertheless there is something to be said for idealism as well. In the cognitive as in the moral life, perfection is beyond our human grasp and we have no choice but to rest content with the best that we can manage to achieve in practice. This perspective shifts the approach from a cognitive absolutism to a pragmatism that is prepared to come to terms with the limitations inherent in our situations. On this basis Rescher defends a substantive realism that itself rests on a justificatory rationale of a decidedly pragmatic orientation.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 140 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 11.18mm | 326.59g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 1441156291
  • 9781441156297
  • 2,453,983

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Reality vs. Appearance; 2. How Truth Thought 'Agrees' with Reality; 3. Cognitive Access to Reality; 4. Problems of Fallibilism; 5. Scientific Realism; 6. The Rationale of Realism; References; Index.
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Reality and its Appearance is an excellent book... Highly readable. -- Jamie Morgan * Journal of Critical Realism *
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About Professor Nicholas Rescher

Nicholas Rescher is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He has served as President of the American Philosophical Association, the American Catholic Philosophy Association, the American G.W. Leibniz Society, the C.S. Peirce Society and the American Metaphysical Society. Author of over 100 books ranging across many areas of philosophy, he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt prize for Humanistic Scholarship in 1984, the Belgian Prix Mercier in 2005, and the Aquinas Medal of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in 2007.
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