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In Search of a Realistic Realism: Charles S. Peirce on Truth and Reality

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The first part of the paper examines Charles S. Peirce's pragmatistic notion of reality and the realistic view to which it leads him. Peirce's realism is further situated by relating it to nominalism, conceptualism, and idealism. The second part of the paper compares Peirce's realism with metaphysical realism and internal realism, and some connections are drawn with scientific realism. It is shown that Peirce's conceptualization of the term reality gives him a key advantage to many realists, as the latter oft rely on a too-narrowly conceived and ill-supported conception of reality. It will be shown that much of what goes today under the name of realism is merely a nominalism in disguise.
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Keywords: C. S. Peirce; metaphysics; realism; science; truth

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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