Putnam, realism and truth

Synthese 103 (2):141--52 (1995)
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There are several distinct components of the realist anti-realist debate. Since each side in the debate has its disadvantages, it is tempting to try to combine realist theses with anti-realist theses in order to obtain a better, more moderate position. Putnam attempts to hold a realist concept of truth, yet he rejects realist metaphysics and realist semantics. He calls this view internal realism. Truth is realist on this picture for it is objective, rather than merely intersubjective, and eternal. Putnam introduces a concept of epistemic idealization — epistemically ideal conditions, or idealized justification — to try to ground the strong objectivity of truth without sliding into metaphysical realism. I argue that the concept of ideal conditions to which Putnam appeals does not cohere with his (anti-realist) commitment to an assertability conditions account of meaning.

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Janet Folina
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Realism with a Human Face.Hilary Putnam - 1990 - Harvard University Press.
Truth.Michael Dummett - 1959 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 59 (1):141-62.

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