Against Fundamentality‐Based Metaphysics

  title={Against Fundamentality‐Based Metaphysics},
  author={Martin A. Lipman},
Metaphysical views typically draw some distinction between reality and appearance, endorsing realism about some subject matters and antirealism about others. There are different conceptions of how best to construe antirealist theories. A simple view has it that we are antirealists about a subject matter when we believe that this subject matter fails to obtain. This paper discusses an alternative view, which I will call the fundamentality-based conception of antirealism. We are antirealists in… Expand
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