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Realism and Anti-Realism Reading List

Realism and Antirealism, 2015/16, Semester 1
Dr Naomi Thompson
N.M.C.Thompson@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue
For this module, your focus should be on attending lectures and seminars and on making sure that you understand the reading from the set text. You are not required to do any reading other than the set seminar reading. This list is provided so that you can follow up anything you are particularly interested in, and to aid you in writing your essay and preparing for your exam.

General Works

Set Text: Brock and Mares Realism and anti-realism (Acumen)The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has entries on each of the topics we will cover, and is an excellent resource both forgiving you a detailed overview of each topic, and for directing you towards further reading material.A second excellent online resource is the Realism and Anti-realism entry in Oxford Bibliographies Online, which provides links to a wealth of other resources and brief descriptions of their content.Miller, Alexander, "Realism", Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy [electronic resource]. (Winter 2014 Edition), Edward N. Zalta(ed.), URL = http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2014/entries/realism/ Blackburn, S. 2001. Think : a compelling introduction to philosophy (Oxford, Oxford University Press).Devitt, M., 1983. “Dummett's Anti-Realism,” Journal of philosophy. , 80: 73–99.Devitt, M. 1991. “Aberrations of the Realism Debate,” Philosophical studies. , 61: 43–63.Hale. B. 1997. “Realism and its Oppositions,” in B. Hale and C. Wright (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Language , Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 271–308. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE McDowell, J., 1994. Mind and world : with a new introduction , Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Nagel, T. 1989. The view from nowhere. (Oxford: Oxford University Press).Wright, C. 1992. Truth and objectivity (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press).Wright, C. 1993. Realism, Meaning, and Truth (Oxford: Blackwell, 2nd Edition).

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Week 1: Existence and non-existence

W.V. Quine, ‘On what there is’, Review of metaphysics. 2.5 (1948): 21-38.Joseph Melia,‘On what there’s not’, Analysis. 55.4 (1995): 223-229.Stephen Yablo, ‘Does Ontology Rest on a Mistake? ’, Aristotelian Society. Supplementary volume. 72.1 (1998): 229-262.David Manley, ‘When Best Theories Go Bad’, Philosophy and phenomenological research. 78.2 (2009): 392-405.Tatjana von Solodkoff, ‘Paraphrase Strategies in Metaphysics’, Philosophy compass. 9.8 (2014): 570- 582.

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Week 2: Mind-dependence and Idealism

Bubner, Rüdiger (2003). The innovations of idealism . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dicker, George (2011). Berkeley's idealism : a critical examination . Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Foster, John (1982). The case for idealism. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Guyer, Paul and Horstmann, Rolf-Peter, "Idealism", Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy [electronic resource]. (Fall 2015 Edition), Edward N. Zalta(ed.),Hylton, Peter (1990). Russell, idealism, and the emergence of analytic philosophy . Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Moore, Adrian W. (1997). Points of view . Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wright, Crispin. Truth and objectivity . Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992.

Wright, Crispin. Saving the differences : essays on themes from Truth and objectivity . Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003.

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Week 3: Verificationism

Ayer, A. J. (1936) Language Truth and Logic (Dover)., Chapter 1.

Lewis, D. ‘Statements Partly About Observation’, Philosophical Papers and Reviews 17.1 (1988): 1-31.

Miller, A. 2006. “Realism and Antirealism”, in E. Lepore and B. Smith (eds.), The Oxford handbook of philosophy of language , Oxford: Oxford University Press,, pp. 983–1005. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Stern, Robert, "Transcendental Arguments", Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy [electronic resource]. (Summer 2015 Edition), Edward N. Zalta(ed.), URL = . Uebel, Thomas. Vienna Circle. In Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy [electronic resource]. . Edited by Edward N. Zalta. 2012.

Wright, Crispin ‘The Verification Principle: Another Puncture – Another Patch’, Mind. 98.392 (1989): 611-622.

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Week 4: Colour

Barry Maund, ‘Color’, Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy [electronic resource]. (Winter 2012 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2012/entries/color/

John Campbell, ‘A Simple View of Colour’, in John J. Haldane & C. Wright (eds.), Reality, representation, and projection (OUP, 1993): 257-268. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

http://istsocrates.berkeley.edu/~jcampbel/documents/Colour.pdf 2 Colin McGinn, ‘Another Look at Color’, Journal of philosophy. 93.11 (1996): 537-553.

Jonathan Cohen, ‘Précis of The Red and the Real: An Essay on Color Ontology’, Analytic philosophy. 53.3 (2012): 288-296.

Gow, Laura, 'Colour' Philosophy compass. Vol. 9 (11): 803-813.

Ralph Wedgwood, ‘The Essence of Response-Dependence’, European Review of Philosophy 3 (1997): 31-54. http://www-bcf.usc.edu/~wedgwood/respodep.html

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Week 5: Morality

Brink, David O. “ Moral Realism and the Sceptical Arguments from Disagreement and Queerness.” Australasian journal of philosophy. 62 (1984): 112–225.

Dreier, James, ed. Contemporary debates in moral theory . Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006.

Eklund, Matti. “ Fictionalism.” In Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy [electronic resource]. . Edited by Edward N. Zalta. 2007.

Garner, Richard T. “On the Genuine Queerness of Moral Properties and Facts.” Australasian journal of philosophy. 68 (1990): 137–146.

Kalderon, Mark Eli. Moral fictionalism . Oxford: Clarendon, 2005

Joyce, Richard. The myth of morality . Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Mackie, J. L., 1977. Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong , London: Penguin Books, Chapter 1.

Miller, Alexander. Contemporary metaethics : an introduction . 2d ed. Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2013.

Railton, Peter, 1986. “Moral Realism,” Philosophical review. , 95: 163–207.

Railton, Peter. “Red, Bitter, Good.” European Review of Philosophy 3 (1998): 67–84.

Wright, Crispin. Truth and objectivity . Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992, Chapter 1.

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Week 6: Expressivism and Quasi-Realism

Ayer, A. J. (1936) Language, Truth and Logic (Dover) Chapter 6. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE Blackburn, Simon. Essays in quasi-realism . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Blackburn, S., 2005, “Quasi-Realism no Fictionalism”, in Kalderon M., (ed.), 2005, Fictionalism in metaphysics , Oxford: Clarendon Press., pp. 322–38.Blackburn, Simon.2006, “Anti-realist Expressivism and Quasi-realism” in Copp, D. 2006 The Oxford handbook of ethical theory Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.146–162.Gibbard, A., 1990, Wise choices, apt feelings : a theory of normative judgment , Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Lewis, D., 2005, “Quasi-Realism is Fictionalism”, in Kalderon,M., (ed.), 2005, Fictionalism in metaphysics , Oxford: Clarendon Press.(2005), pp. 314–21.Schroeder, Mark. Noncognitivism in ethics . London and New York: Routledge, 2010.Wright, Crispin. “Realism, Antirealism, Irrealism, Quasi-Realism.” Midwest studies in philosophy. 12 (1988): 25–49.

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Week 7: Science

Devitt, Michael. “ Realism /Anti- realism.” In The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science . Edited by Stathis Psillos and Martin Curd, 224–235. London: Routledge, 2008.

Kuhn, T. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, University of Chicago Press, 1970.

Ladyman, James. Understanding philosophy of science . London: Routledge, 2002, part II.

Papineau, David, ed. The philosophy of science . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

van Fraassen, Bas. The Scientific Image . Oxford: Clarendon, 1980.

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Week 8: Mathematics

Colyvan, Mark. The indispensability of mathematics . New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.Field, H. (1980) Science without numbers : a defence of nominalism Oxford, OUP.

Friend, Michèle. Introducing philosophy of mathematics . Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007.Kitcher, Philip. The nature of mathematical knowledge . New York: Oxford University Press, 1983.

Linnebo, Øystein. “ Platonism in the Philosophy of Mathematics .” In Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy [electronic resource]. . Edited by Edward N. Zalta. 2009.Maddy, Penelope. Realism in mathematics . Oxford: Clarendon, 1992.Shapiro, Stewart, ed. The Oxford handbook of philosophy of mathematics and logic . New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Yablo, S.Go Figure: A Path through Fictionalism (http://web.mit.edu/~yablo/www/gf.pdf )

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Week 9: Possible Worlds

DeRosset, L. (2009) 'Possible Worlds I: Modal Realism' Philosophy compass. 4(6): 998-1008.

DeRosset, L. (2009) 'Possible Worlds II: Non-reductive Theories of Possible Worlds' Philosophy compass. 4(6): 1009-1021.Divers, J. Possible worlds . Problems of Philosophy. London: Routledge, 2002.

Lewis, D. On the plurality of worlds . Oxford: Blackwell, 1986.Melia, J. Modality . Central Problems of Philosophy. Chesham, UK: Acumen, 2003.Rosen, G. “Modal Fictionalism.” Mind. 99 (1990): 327–354.Stalnaker, R. “ Possible Worlds.” Noûs. 10 (1976): 65–75.

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Week 10: Fiction

Braun, David. “Empty Names, Fictional Names, Mythical Names.” Noûs. 39 (2005): 596–631.Brock, Stuart. “Fictionalism about Fictional Characters.” Noûs. 36 (2002): 1–21.Everett, Anthony. “Against Fictional Realism.” Journal of philosophy. 102 (2005): 624–649.Friend, S. 'Fictional Characters' Philosophy compass. 2(2): 141-156.van Inwagen, Peter. “Existence, Ontological Commitment, and Fictional Entities.” In The Oxford handbook of metaphysics . Edited by Michael Loux and Dean Zimmerman, 131–157. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE Salmon, Nathan. “Nonexistence.” Noûs. 32 (1998): 277–319.Thomasson, Amie L. Fiction and metaphysics . Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1999.Thomasson, Amie L. “Fictional Characters and Literary Practices.” British journal of aesthetics. 43 (2003): 138–157.Walton, Kendall L. “Doing Without Fictitious Entities.” In Mimesis as make-believe : on the foundations of the representational arts . By Kendall L. Walton, 385–419. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990.

This list was last updated on 25/09/2015