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The Limits of Realism$
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Tim Button

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199672172

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672172.001.0001

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Sceptical veils of various fabrics

Sceptical veils of various fabrics

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(p.46) 6 Sceptical veils of various fabrics
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The Limits of Realism
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Tim Button

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672172.003.0007

Chapter 5 raised problems for external realists who accepted a bracketed empiricist theory of empirical content. Many external realists do, indeed, accept such a theory of empirical content. But in fact, no matter how the external realist explains her Cartesianism Principle, similar problems arise. In addition to the veil of sensations, it is possible to consider: a veil of Fregean senses that prevents access to ordinary objects; a veil of phenomena that prevents access to the noumena; a veil of observables that prevents access to unobservables; and a veil of flux that prevents access to the Forms. All external realists must accept that, by their own lights, any statement with empirical content is just more theory and so fails to constrain reference.

Keywords:   bracketed experience, cartesianism principle, empirical content, veil of sensations, veil of senses, veil of phenomena, veil of observables, veil of flux, just-more-theory manoeuvre, external realism, putnam’s model-theoretic arguments

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