HILARY PUTNAM AND SOME KEY ASPECTS OF INTERNAL REALISM

Camelia GRADINARU

Abstract


This paper assumes as a starting point Putnam’s arguments from “In Defense of Internal Realism” and “Realism with a Human Face”. I try to present some important aspects of Putnam’s thesis on internal realism. My analysis insists upon the way in which the Ameri-can philosopher connects the ideas of impossibility to map a language-free reality and of impossibility to have a God’s Eye View with the idea of idealized rational acceptability. I follow Putnam’s assertions as he tries to avoid both what he calls metaphysical realism and relativism. His efforts to preserve concepts as truth or objectivity inside his version of in-ternal realism raise a few important difficulties as well as criticism from philosophers as J. R. Searle or Richard Rorty.


Keywords


Internal Realism; Metaphysical Realism; Warranted Assertibility; God’s Eye View; Majority Opinion; Truth, Relativism

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