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Realism vs. Anti-Realism- John Hawthorne

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What are anti-realists and why do they deny objective reality? What we know of the world must come through our senses and be processed by our brains. Both can be unreliable; illusions can fool our senses and illness or injury can disrupt our brains. Therefore, can we ever be sure that anything outside ourselves is truly what it seems?

John Hawthorne is the Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at the Magdalen College of Oxford University.

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