Realism and Appearances: An Essay in Ontology

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Cambridge University Press, May 18, 2000 - Philosophy - 157 pages
"This book addresses one of the fundamental topics in philosophy: the relation between appearance and reality. John W. Yolton draws on a combination of historical and contemporary material, ranging from the early modern period to present-day debates, to examine this central philosophical preoccupation, which he presents in terms of distinctions between phenomena and causes, causes and meaning, and persons and man. He explores in detail how Locke, Berkeley and Hume talk of appearances and their relation to reality, and offers illuminating connections and comparisons with the work of contemporary philosophers such as Paul Churchland and John McDowell. He concludes by offering his own proposal for a "realism of appearance," which incorporates elements of both Humean and Kantian thinking. His study will be of interest to a wide range of readers in the history of philosophy, the history of ideas, and contemporary philosophy of mind, epistemology and metaphysics."--Jacket
 

Contents

Mind matter and sense qualia
9
Causing and signifying
26
Actions and persons
42
Locke on the knowledge of things themselves
57
The notions of Berkeleys philosophy
77
Humes appearances and his vocabulary of awareness
99
Humes ontology
112
The realism of appearances
133
Bibliography
146
Index
151
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