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In this paper we position ourselves against idealist presuppositions so frequent in the humanities and social sciences, and, particularly, in communication theory. We argue that a realist approach to the study of communication avoiding such implausible assumptions is not only possible, but has already been exemplified in proposals that take communication to be a phenomenon with a biological origin. We argue that this sort of perspective can account for the variety of communicative functions we encounter in human experience, including the ones involving senses.

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Keywords: Idealism; communication; realism; sense; truth

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Barcelona.

Publication date: June 1, 2009

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