Making up the truth

Steven Reynolds

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A recent account of the meaning of 'real' leads to a view of what anti-realism should be that resembles fictionalism, while not being committed to fictionalism as such or being subject to some of the more obvious objections to that view. This account of anti-realism explains how we might 'make up' what is true in areas such as mathematics or ethics, and yet these made-up truths are resistant to alterations, even by our collective decisions. Finally it is argued that the sort of anti-realism suggested explains the appearance that the ethical domain supervenes on the naturalistic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-335
Number of pages21
JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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