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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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How the serpent entered Eden

How the serpent entered Eden

(p.65) 8 How the serpent entered Eden
The Limits of Realism

Tim Button

Oxford University Press

External realism has failed. Since the external realist’s Credo involved three Principles, it is necessary to determine which of these three Principles is responsible for the problems of part A. This chapter shows that the Independence and Correspondence Principles are innocent bystanders. Indeed, it takes a perverse act of will to understand them as making philosophical—let alone metaphysical—claims. The guilty party must therefore be the Cartesianism Principle. The task becomes, then, to overcome the Cartesianism Principle. This chapter closes with a discussion of Putnam’s Perspective Question (‘from whose point of view is the story being told?’). This might seem to provide a quick refutation of the Cartesianism Principle; however, the Question must be handled with care, given that Moorean Contradictions cannot be narrated as known fact but can nevertheless be true.

Keywords:   internal question, independence principle, correspondence principle, cartesianism principle, perspective question, moorean contradictions, putnam’s internal realism

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