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Language, Logic and Experience

Michael Luntley

Does the word exist independently of our knowledge of it? Is there a real world "out there"? This has been one of philosophy's central debates. This book is a vigorous attack on "the myth of realism", and a carefully argued defense of the new form of anti-realism pioneered in the work of Michael Dummett. Luntley shows that the debate has been largely misconceived, and Dummett's ideas grossly misrepresented. The debate should properly be seen as solely about the logical structure of the concepts of truth and experience -- about what system of logic is valid for empirical discourse. By arguing against classical logic (identified with realism) in favor of an "experiencable" logic, Luntley rigorously demonstrates that once the logical structure of experience is seen aright, a wholly non-reductionist alternative to realism is available. Not only is realism a myth; it is an unnecessary myth.

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