Ideas of Stephen S. Colvin, by Theme

[American, 1869 - 1923, Professor at Brown University.]

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1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 2. Possibility of Metaphysics
Metaphysics is hopeless with its present epistemology; common-sense realism is needed
7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 1. Realism
We can only distinguish self from non-self if there is an inflexible external reality
Common-sense realism rests on our interests and practical life
7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 3. Anti-realism
If objects are doubted because their appearances change, that presupposes one object
Arguments that objects are unknowable or non-existent assume the knower's existence
The idea that everything is relations is contradictory; relations are part of the concept of things