more from Nelson Goodman

Single Idea 17659

[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 3. Reality]

Full Idea

Reality in a world, like realism in a picture, is largely a matter of habit.

Gist of Idea

Reality is largely a matter of habit


Nelson Goodman (Ways of Worldmaking [1978], 1.6)

Book Reference

Goodman,Nelson: 'Ways of Worldmaking' [Hackett 1984], p.20

A Reaction

I'm a robust realist, me, but I sort of see what he means. We become steeped in unspoken conventions about how we take our world to be, and filter out anything that conflicts with it.