First published in 1999, this epistemological volume takes Searle’s ‘simple theory’ and ‘common sense’ realism and builds it from the ground up, applying it to some of the most contentious issues in the philosophy of science. Garry Potter shall also attempt to extent his notions of science and realism beyond the subject boundaries to demonstrate the applicability of both scientificity and realism where such a possibility is perhaps most counter-intuitive: literary criticism. Potter thus presents a unified theory of knowledge.
Table of Contents
1. Not So Naïve Realism: Basic Principles of Realism and Materialism. 2. Correspondence (Side 1): Signifier, Signified and Referent. 3. Correspondence (Side 2): Epistemological Levels and Ontological Complexity. 4. Realism versus Conventionalism: Socio-Historical Determinants of Scientific Practises. 5. Hermeneutical Realism. 6. Structure, Consciousness and Change. 7. The Objectivity of Inter-Subjective Meaning and the Ontology of Fictional Realities. 8. The Turning Point. 9. The Literary Canon. 10. Science as a Value and the Value of Science.