The Realist/Anti-Realist Wars
Botros (Sophie)
Source: Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History: Part I (Truth), Chapter 1
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Contents

    Introduction – 3
  1. Dummett’s reconfiguration of the debate – 4
    1. Selective anti-realism: the importance of reduction – 4
    2. Curbing heterogeneity – 7
    3. Three moves towards semantic anti-realism – 8
    4. Two attempts to get realists off Dummett’s metaphysical ‘hook’ – 15
      1. Wright, deflationism and superassertibility – 15
      2. Norris, projectivism and conceptually structured properties – 17
  2. The realists play their trump card – 19
    1. The circumvention of evidence: Present → Future – 20
      1. A past-tensed statement whose future utterance is made true by an event now – 20
      2. Anti-realists’ response: but ‘true’ means ‘verifiable now’ – 21
      3. A standpoint outside time versus immurement in the present – 22
    2. The circumvention of evidence: Past → Present – 23
      1. A past-tensed statement whose utterance now is made true by a past event – 23
      2. The reinterpreted truth value link applied to the revised verification principle – 24
      3. The collapse of ‘verifiable now’ into ‘verifiable at that time’ – 24
    3. The circumvention of evidence: Future → Present – 25
      1. Anti-realists ‘don’t assume that the verification principle must have retrospective reach!’ – 25
      2. A future-tensed statement whose utterance now is made true by a future event – 27
      3. Realists: ‘one cannot subscribe to a principle one says will not hold in a year’s time!’ – 27
      4. The threat to realism from fatalism defused – 28
      5. Anti-realism: ‘but “true” will not mean the same in a year’s time’ – 30
      6. Anti-realists: ‘we cannot express the meaning which we shall attach to “true” in a year’s time’ – 32
      7. Past facts let in ‘by the back door’ – 35
  3. The realist appeal to memory – 36
    1. Models of memory: mental image and physical trace – 36
    2. Memory not an atemporal yardstick – 37
    3. Robert Southey’s ‘The Battle of Blenheim’ – 38

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