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Single Idea 14306

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

Full Idea

The anti-realist declines to permit that all statements have truth-values. ...The essence of the anti-realist position is that evidence and ontology cannot be separated.

Gist of Idea

Anti-realists deny truth-values to all statements, and say evidence and ontology are inseparable


Stephen Mumford (Dispositions [1998], 03.6)

Book Reference

Mumford,Stephen: 'Dispositions' [OUP 1998], p.50

A Reaction

[second half on p.51] The idea that evidence and ontology are 'inseparable' strikes me as an absurd idea. The proposal that you should not speculate about ontology without some sort of evidence is, of course, not unreasonable.