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The Non-Existence of the Real World

Jan Westerhoff


The book is concerned with the existence of the real world, that is, with the existence of a world of objects that exist independent of human interests, concerns, and cognitive activities. The main thesis defended is that we have good reason to deny the existence of such a world. The discussion is concerned with four main facets of assuming a real world: (a) the existence of an external world of physical objects in space and time; (b) the existence of an internal world, comprising various mental states congregated around a self; (c) the existence of an ontological foundation that grounds the e ... More

Keywords: external world, irrealism, internal world, self grounding, ontological dependence, ultimately true theories, meta-philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198847915
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198847915.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Westerhoff, author
University of Oxford