Realism
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1. Term and Concept

Realism in philosophy affirms that the objects of our senses and concepts exist independently of our sensing and conceiving them, and that they possess the properties we experience them as having. Normally these are spatiotemporal properties of physical objects, but not everything called realism fits this profile. Varieties of antirealism include idealism, phenomenalism, and critical perspectives lacking metaphysical commitment to any particular view of the na…

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Brown, Robert F., “Realism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 10 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.12>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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