Single Idea 14213

[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 3. Anti-realism]

Full Idea

Anti-realists say the only world is imaginary, or only has the parts or classes or relations we divide it into, or doubt that reference to the world is possible, or doubt that our interpretations can achieve truth.

Gist of Idea

Anti-realists see the world as imaginary, or lacking joints, or beyond reference, or beyond truth


David Lewis (Putnam's Paradox [1984], 'Why Anti-R')

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'Papers in Metaphysics and Epistemology' [CUP 1999], p.71

A Reaction

[compression of a paragraph on anti-realism] Lewis is a thoroughgoing realist. A nice example of the rhetorical device of ridiculing an opponent by suggesting that they don't even know what they themselves believe.