A Response to Child’s Objection to Common-Sense Realism

Olaf Ellefson

Abstract



William Child (2002) has argued that one cannot tenably hold the middle ground
between constructivism and platonism. In this paper, I will argue that by
relying on Stroud’s notion of ‘naturalness’, a common-sense realist position can
be maintained that avoids the excesses of constructivism and the paradoxes of
platonism.

Keywords


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; common sense; objectivity; ratification independence; rule-following; Platonism; constructivism; realism; picture

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