Radical Realism: Direct Knowing in Science and Philosophy

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Cornell University Press, 1992 - Philosophy - 221 pages
In this eloquent and original book, Edward Pols challenges the linguistic consensus that has dominated Anglo-American philosophy in this century. Against the consensus assumption that the only reality question is about the relation between language and the real, he argues that philosophy is about the world and not merely about the propositional structures we use to interpret the world. The heart of his "radical realism" is that the relation between the knower and the real is prior to the relation between language and the real, and that in this prior relation we are capable of knowing directly a reality independent of the human mind.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
2
19
The Venue of the Linguis
83
The Venue of Direct Knowing
122
Nine Theses about Science Common Sense
152
First Philosophy and the Reflexivity of Direct
175
Index
217
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