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A World for Us: The Case for Phenomenalistic Idealism

John Foster


The aim of the book is to refute physical realism and establish in its place a form of phenomenalistic idealism. Physical realism, in the relevant sense, takes the physical world to be something whose existence is both logically independent of the human mind and philosophically fundamental. There are a number of problems for this realist view, but the main objection is that it does not accord the world the empirical immanence it needs if it is to qualify as our world, as a world for us. Phenomenalistic idealism rejects the realist view in both its aspects. It takes the world to be something wh ... More

Keywords: physical realism, physical world, human mind, philosophically fundamental, empirical immanence, sensory organization, human empirical viewpoint, system of appearance, God

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199297139
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297139.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Foster, author
Brasenose College, Oxford