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Single Idea 14334

[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 1. Realism]

Full Idea

The claim of modest realism is that there is a subject-independent reality; the presumptuous claim is that we are capable of describing that reality accurately.

Gist of Idea

Modest realism says there is a reality; the presumptuous view says we can accurately describe it


Stephen Mumford (Dispositions [1998], 09.1)

Book Reference

Mumford,Stephen: 'Dispositions' [OUP 1998], p.192

A Reaction

And the super-presumptuous claim is that there only exists one ultimate accurate description of reality. I am happy to call myself a Modest Realist on this one.

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Idea 12598 Reality is the overlap of true complete theories [Harman]

Idea 17644 Metaphysical realism is committed to there being one ultimate true theory [Putnam]