Single Idea 15060

[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 2. Reality]

Full Idea

We may grant that some things are explanatorily more basic than others, but why should that make them more real?

Gist of Idea

Why should what is explanatorily basic be therefore more real?


Kit Fine (The Question of Realism [2001], 8)

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophers' Imprint' [-], p.26

A Reaction

This is the question asked by the 'quietist'. Fine's answer is that our whole conception of Reality, with its intrinsic structure, is what lies at the basis, and this is primitive.

Related Ideas

Idea 15047 What is real can only be settled in terms of 'ground' [Fine,K]

Idea 15054 'Quietist' says abandon metaphysics because answers are unattainable (as in Kant's noumenon) [Fine,K]