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The Seas of Language$
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Michael Dummett

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198236212.001.0001

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Realism and Anti‐Realism

Realism and Anti‐Realism

(p.462) 20 Realism and Anti‐Realism
The Seas of Language

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Disputes about realism should be construed as disputes not about a class of entities, but about the truth‐value of the statements in a given class. For what reality consists in is not determined just by what objects there are, but by what propositions hold good: the world is the totality of facts, not of things. However, the rejection of bivalence is not a sufficient ground for rejecting realism. A genuine rejection of realism amounts to the view that logical constants classically understood do not make sense.

Keywords:   Ayer, bivalence, phenomenalism, Realism, theory of meaning, Wittgenstein

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