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Putnam’s Realisms

Author(s): Rossen Lyutzkanov
Subject(s): Metaphysics, Logic, Contemporary Philosophy, Philosophy of Science
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: Hilary Putnam; metaphysical realism; internal realism

Summary/Abstract: The paper juxtaposes two stripes of realism, both present in the writings of the late Hilary Putnam. As is well known, forty years ago Hilary Putnam, who was until then a staunch supporter of metaphysical realism, switched to a different doctrine, which he called “internal realism”; many adherents of realism saw this as an unjustifiable retreat from their camp. The question remains: is internal realism a true variety of realism? In order to answer it, §1 compares the postulates of metaphysical and internal realism, while §2 shows how internal realism deals with certain key distinctions observed by metaphysical realism.

  • Issue Year: XXVI/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 78-83
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: English, Bulgarian