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Truth -- Meaning -- Reality$
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Paul Horwich

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199268900

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268900.001.0001

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The Quest for REALITY

The Quest for REALITY

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Truth -- Meaning -- Reality

Paul Horwich (Contributor Webpage)

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A widespread concern within philosophy has been, and continues to be, to determine which areas of discourse address real, robust, not-merely-deflationary facts, and which do not. But a threat to the legitimacy of this concern (hence to the acceptability of specific realist and antirealist claims) is the extreme lack of consensus amongst philosophers on the question of how to tell whether or not a given assertoric discourse is oriented towards ‘robust reality’. This chapter, which elaborates material from the preceding one, criticizes Kit Fine's deployment of ‘principles of constituting ground’ in an attempt to settle that question. This discussion is followed by some considerations suggesting that there is no good answer to it, that (as the ‘quietists’ maintain) the notion of ‘robust reality’ is defective and ought to be abandoned.

Keywords:   robust reality, facts, Kit Fine, assertoric discourse, quietists, principles of constituting ground

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