By Ilkka Niiniluoto
This booklet involves the rescue of clinical realism, displaying that studies of its dying were enormously exaggerated. Philosophical realism holds that the purpose of a selected discourse is to make actual statements approximately its material. Ilkka Niiniluoto surveys other kinds of realism in a variety of parts of philosophy after which units out his personal severe realist philosophy of technological know-how.
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For a representative collection of recent work on physicalism and materialism, see Moser and Trout (1995). 2 POPPER'S THREE WORLDS 23 forms: eliminative, reductive, and emergent. Carnap's Aufbau with its 'autopsychologicaP basis (if interpreted 'materially' as an ontological doctrine, against Carnap's own wish) was an example of reductive subjective idealism (cf. Carnap 1967). Hegel's system, where nature and subjective minds are generated from the ultimate spiritual reality, is an example of emergent objective idealism.
Mature science has happily got rid of metaphysics and epistemology. The 'postmodern' view (Richard Rorty) asserts against the 'Kantians' that nothing has foundations; hence, science in particular has no foundations either (cf. Rouse 1996). Both views seem to imply that there is no special task for a philosophy of science: science studies simply collapse into historical and sociological description. For the positivist, this is motivated by the belief that science, as it is, is the 18 VARIETIES OF REALISM paradigm of human rationality.
I think transcendental philosophy gives a useful perspective on OR. There are numerous situations of speaking and acting where the truth of OR is presupposed as a necessary condition. Indeed, most participants in the realism vs. g. normal communication, the existence of human bodies, human activities and practices, artefacts, books, written languages, laboratories) which presuppose some mind-independent entities. As these assumptions may be mistaken, the transcendental argument does not conclusively prove the truth of OR, as Searle rightly points out.