Metaphysical realism and idealisation
In this paper I propose a version of metaphysical realism which I believe to be resistent to a number of antirealist attacks - in particular the attacks of Hilary Putnam. In the first part of the paper I outline the position and describe a number of responses to obvious objections. In the second part I demonstrate how this version avoids the charges of incoherence laid against the realist by Putnam.
Damian Cox. "Metaphysical realism and idealisation" Philosophia 26.3-4 (1998): 465-487.
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