Goodman and Putnam on the making of worlds

Erkenntnis 58 (1):33 - 46 (2003)
Hilary Putnam and Nelson Goodman are two of the twentieth century's most persuasive critics of metaphysical realism, however they disagree about the consequences of rejecting metaphysical realism. Goodman defended a view he called irrealism in which minds literally make worlds, and Putnam has sought to find a middle path between metaphysical realism and irrealism. I argue that Putnam's middle path turns out to be very elusive and defend a dichotomy between metaphysical realism and irrealism.
Keywords 780199 Other  Philosophy   Realism  C1  440107 Metaphysics
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DOI 10.2307/20013175
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