Realism versus Realism defends the metaphysics of 'Internal Realism,' a view authored by Hilary Putnam, and seeks to build on its basis an immanent realistic position to resolve two conflicts: the conflict between realism and some forms of anti-realism, especially relativism which involves constructivism and subjectivism; and also between two forms of realism itself, namely transcendent and immanent. Contra transcendent realism, author Chhanda Gupta rejects the absolute view of realities that (a) transcend our concept forming powers, (b) transcend our cognitive abilities, and (c) are said to have features by themselves, not as things appear to us. Contra relativism of the anti-realist stripe, Gupta defends conceptual relativity without letting it drift towards constructivism and subjectivism. This general theory of realism minus absolutism, and relativism minus subjectivism and constructivism, may be seen to have a relevance for our moral and social image of the world by showing how pluralism can avoid the ills of absolutism without ushering in intellectual and moral anarchy.
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About the Author
Chhanda Gupta is professor of philosophy at Jadavpur University, Calcutta. She is author of numerous journal articles and was a fellow of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (1985-86) and a Fulbright Research Fellow at Harvard University in 1985 and 1995.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Realism versus Realism: Transcendent and Immanent Chapter 4 The Way the Real Appears Is the Way It Is Chapter 5 Realism versus Nominalism: From Quine's Immanent Metaphysical Point of View Chapter 6 Skepticism against Realisms Chapter 7 Peirce's Halfway House between Two Realisms Chapter 8 Putnam's Resolution of the Realist Relativist Controversy Chapter 9 Postscript