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Abundant Truth in an Austere World

Terry Horgan and Matjaž Potrč (eds)

in Truth and Realism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199288878
eISBN:
9780191594304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288878.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This chapter advocates austere metaphysical realism – a form of metaphysical realism claiming that a correct ontological theory will repudiate numerous putative entities and properties that are ... More


Austere Realism: Overcoming Simple Realism’s Problems

Terry Horgan and Matjaž Potrč

in Austere Realism: Contextual Semantics Meets Minimal Ontology

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262083768
eISBN:
9780262275682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262083768.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter continues with the synthesis stage in the dialectic of reflective common sense as started in the previous chapter. It sets forth the theses of austere realism in a way that draws ... More


The Ascendance of the Austere: Further Arguments for Austere Realism

Terry Horgan and Matjaž Potrč

in Austere Realism: Contextual Semantics Meets Minimal Ontology

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262083768
eISBN:
9780262275682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262083768.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter discusses and presents theoretical conditions that reinforce and further strengthen austere realism. A metaphysical-cum-semantic theory must meet certain desiderata before it can be ... More


Betting on the Blobject: The Choice among Austere Ontologies

Terry Horgan and Matjaž Potrč

in Austere Realism: Contextual Semantics Meets Minimal Ontology

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262083768
eISBN:
9780262275682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262083768.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The goal of this chapter is to show that the blobjectivist position is, in fact, a type of austere realism. It begins by presenting some initial methodological remarks, and then follows the ... More


Introduction

Terry Horgan and Matjaž Potrč

in Austere Realism: Contextual Semantics Meets Minimal Ontology

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262083768
eISBN:
9780262275682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262083768.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This book is primarily concerned with the concept of austere realism, specifically a version of it referred to as blobjectivism. Austere realism claims that the right ontology is austere in the sense ... More


Austere Realism: Contextual Semantics Meets Minimal Ontology

Terence E. Horgan and Matjaž Potrč

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262083768
eISBN:
9780262275682
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262083768.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This book describes and defends an ontological-cum-semantic position, asserting that the right ontology is minimal or austere, in that it excludes numerous common-sense posits, and that statements ... More


Simple Realism: The Naive Approach to Truth and Ontology

Terry Horgan and Matjaž Potrč

in Austere Realism: Contextual Semantics Meets Minimal Ontology

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262083768
eISBN:
9780262275682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262083768.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter focuses on the position referred to as simple commonsense metaphysical realism—one that initially puts common sense naturally at odds with austere realism regarding what exists and what ... More


Objections to Austere Realism

Terry Horgan and Matjaž Potrč

in Austere Realism: Contextual Semantics Meets Minimal Ontology

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262083768
eISBN:
9780262275682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262083768.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter expands on the defense of austere realism by addressing the three challenges most likely to be raised against it. The first challenge relates to austere realism's support of austere ... More


Contextual Semantics: Truth as Indirect Correspondence

Terry Horgan and Matjaž Potrč

in Austere Realism: Contextual Semantics Meets Minimal Ontology

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262083768
eISBN:
9780262275682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262083768.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter focuses on reflective commonsensical reasoning and argues that reflective common sense leads the way toward a refined commonsense metaphysical realism, to be put in lieu of the naive ... More


Context, Vagueness, and Ontology

Mark Richard (ed.)

in Truth and Realism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199288878
eISBN:
9780191594304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288878.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This chapter criticizes the position taken by the authors of Chapter 7 along several fronts. A principal criticism is that the theory of contextual semantics requires that we are cognizant in some ... More


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