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Single Idea 20729

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

Full Idea

Arguments for the absolute unknowability or non-existence of an external object only works by assuming that another external object, an individual, is known completely in so far as that individual expresses a judgement about an external object.

Gist of Idea

Arguments that objects are unknowable or non-existent assume the knower's existence


Stephen S. Colvin (The Common-Sense View of Reality [1902], p.145)

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophical Review' [-], p.145

A Reaction

Anti-realism is a decay that eats into everything. You can't doubt all the externals without doubting all the internals as well.