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Proceedings of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 17, 2008


Patricia Hanna
Pages 65-73
DOI: 10.5840/wcp22200817805

Realism without Empiricism

In his later writings, Wittgenstein is generally taken as committed to anti-realism. In this paper, I argue that this is mistaken. Although he is committed to ontic anti-realism, this does not preclude his acceptance of epistemic realism. I argue that the possibility of using practices to fix meanings and to provide a framework for conceptual differentiation of our experiences rests upon a version of realism, which I call “praxial realism”, which does not presuppose anything like a Kantian noumenal world.

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