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The Limits of Realism$
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Tim Button

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199672172

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672172.001.0001

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The picture of external realism

The picture of external realism

(p.7) 1 The picture of external realism
The Limits of Realism

Tim Button

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the faith held by external realists (also known as metaphysical realists). External realists employ the picture of reasoning from a ‘God’s Eye point of view’. Putnam presents us with three principles that flow naturally from this picture. The Independence Principle states that the world is (largely) made up of objects that are mind-, language- and theory-independent. The Correspondence Principle tells us that truth involves a correspondence relation between words and the world. The Cartesianism Principle tells us that even an ideal theory might be radically false. Together, these principles enshrine the Credo of external realism. Following post-Quinean orthodoxy in metaphysics, this Credo can and should be treated model-theoretically.

Keywords:   external realism, metaphysical realism, god’s Eye point of view, credo, independence principle, correspondence principle, correspondence theory of truth, cartesianism principle, model theory, model-theoretic arguments

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