A Putnam's Progress

Ernie Lepore, Barry Loewer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


According to Putnam, metaphysical realism is the view that world consists of a fixed totality of mind-independent objects and properties; that truth involves some sort of correspondence relation between words and these objects; and that there is one true complete description of the way the world is. He goes on to argue that this view is incoherent and he wants to replace it with a view he labels internal realism. His views have not met with wide acceptance. The chapter offers an interpretation of his views that may make his conclusions more palatable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMeaning, Mind, and Matter
Subtitle of host publicationPhilosophical Essays
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191595264
ISBN (Print)9780199580781
StatePublished - May 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • Correspondence
  • Internal realism
  • Metaphysical realism
  • Putnam
  • Truth

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