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Retrieving Realism

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$43.50 • £34.95 • €39.00

ISBN 9780674967519

Publication Date: 06/11/2015


184 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


Compact and engaging, Retrieving Realism is more approachable than its weighty subject matter might predict… [An] adventurous combination of arguments and mixing of philosophical cultures.—Peter Godfrey-Smith, Boston Review

This book is a spirited defense of a sensible yet profound idea all too often ignored in mainstream philosophy, namely, that our grip on the world is deeply rooted in contingent interpretations and practices, but that those modes of access to reality do not preclude our—sometimes—coming to see it as it really is ‘in itself.’ Retrieving Realism is a passionate plea that we cannot escape seeing ourselves as being in direct contact with a world that vastly transcends us.—Taylor Carman, Barnard College

Two major philosophers are joining forces in order to offer an alternative account to the prevailing picture of the human mind and its cognitive powers. The book will obviously be on the reading list of all who seriously concern themselves with issues in contemporary philosophy when it is, like here, at its best.—Vincent Descombes, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

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