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Single Idea 16523

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

Full Idea

The realist conceptualist may cheerfully admit that the sortal concepts of which we are possessed are the creatures of our interests; …and also that there need be no one way in which we must articulate reality.

Gist of Idea

Realist Conceptualists accept that our interests affect our concepts


David Wiggins (Sameness and Substance [1980], 5.2)

Book Reference

Wiggins,David: 'Sameness and Substance' [Blackwell 1980], p.133

A Reaction

Wiggins calls himself a 'realist conceptualist'. In his terminology, I seem to be an 'anti-conceptualist realist'. The issue concerns aspects of reality that extend beyond our concepts. The 99th d.p. of the mass of the electron.