A Survey of Logical Realism

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Abstract

Logical realism is a view about the metaphysical status of logic. Common to most if not all the views captured by the label ‘logical realism’ is that logical facts are mind- and language-independent. But that does not tell us anything about the nature of logical facts or about our epistemic access to them. The goal of this paper is to outline and systematize the different ways that logical realism could be entertained and to examine some of the challenges that these views face. It will be suggested that logical realism is best understood as a metaphysical view about the logical structure of the world, but this raises an important question: does logical realism collapse into standard metaphysical realism? It will be argued that this result can be accommodated, even if it cannot be altogether avoided.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
JournalSynthese
Early online date26 Aug 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Aug 2019

Keywords

  • Philosophy
  • Logic
  • Metaphysics
  • Metaphysics of Logic
  • Logical Realism

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