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Single Idea 20727

[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 1. Realism]

Full Idea

It is the determination of the external world from the practical standpoint, from the standpoint of interest, that may be defined as the common-sense view of reality.

Gist of Idea

Common-sense realism rests on our interests and practical life


Stephen S. Colvin (The Common-Sense View of Reality [1902], p.141)

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophical Review' [-], p.141

A Reaction

Probably more appropriately named the 'pragmatic' view of reality. Relying on what is 'practical' seems to offer some objectivity, but relying on 'interest' rather less so. Can I be an anti-realist when life goes badly, and a realist when it goes well?