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Realism and Anti-Realism Are Both True (and False)

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The perennial nature of some of philosophy's deepest problems is a puzzle. Here, one problem, the realism anti-realism debate, and one type of explanation for its longevity, are examined. It is argued that realism and anti-realism form a dialetheic pair: While they are in fact each other's logical opposite, nevertheless, both are true (and both false). First, several reasons why one might think such a thing are presented. These reasons are merely the beginning, however. In the following sections, the dialetheic conclusion is directly argued for by showing how realism and anti-realism satisfy Priest's 'inclosure schema'. In the last section and the conclusion, the conscious mind's role in creating realism and anti-realism is discussed. This role further supports the conclusion that realism and anti-realism form a dialetheic pair.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY 13902, USA;, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: January 1, 2020

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