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Shadowy Realism

Negative Knowledge in Seventeenth-Century Neapolitan Painting

Itay Sapir

see what is there to be “read.” To discuss legibility and visibility in visual knowledge at the turn of the seventeenth century, two terms seem particularly important: realism and shadows. The style that was arguably the most prominent during that period, Caravaggism, is routinely described as

Otávio Bueno

concrete, in this paper I will examine claims involved in making sense of science, focusing on realist and on anti-realist views about it. In particular, is there a form of realism underlying Pyrrhonism? That is, do Pyrrhonists assume that scientific theories properly describe the world? Or, alternatively

Michele Marsonet

that the things of nature are seen by us in terms of a conceptual apparatus that is inevitably influenced by mind-involving elements. 2 All this has important consequences on both the question of scientific realism and the realism/anti-realism debate. Theoretically, we may admit that a

Grounds of Pragmatic Realism

Hegel's Internal Critique and Reconstruction of Kant's Critical Philosophy


Kenneth Westphal

Grounds of Pragmatic Realism argues that Hegel’s philosophy from the 1807 Phenomenology of Spirit through his last Berlin lectures on philosophical psychology demonstates how Kant’s critique of rational judgment across his Critical corpus can be disentangled from Kant’s failed Transcendental Idealism and developed into a cogent, pragmatic realism, within which the social and historical aspects of rational inquiry and justification are shown to justify realism about the objects of empirical knowledge. Hegel’s demonstration reveals how deeply contemporary epistemology remains beholden to pre-Critical options, none of which are adequate to the natural sciences, nor to commonsense. Hegel recognised and justified (independently) Kant’s semantics of singular cognitive reference to particulars within space and time. Hegel’s analysis of mutual recognition develops Kant’s insights into the self-critical and inter-subjective aspects of rational judgment and justification, to show that none of us can be properly rational judges, nor can we properly justify our judgments rationally, without constructive self-criticism and without acknowledging and benefitting from constructive critical assessment by others.


Brynnar Swenson

communicative capitalism in both its dialogue and content, but the novel’s form of critique may be more productively articulated by addressing Gaddis’s deployment of time in the novel. In what follows I outline Gaddis’s innovative form of realism in order to argue that Gaddis’s critique of corporate capitalism

John R. Wallach

view of power – primarily Meletus, Callicles, and Thrasymachus – have modern proponents that make their ancient predecessors mere fall-guys. Yet, current proponents of political realism and critics of his view of political power and knowledge make Plato a fall-guy for them and arguably have impeded

Gunnar Björnsson and Ragnar Francén Olinder

David Enoch, Taking Morality Seriously (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 295 pp. isbn 9780199579969 (hbk). £40.00. David Enoch’s Taking Morality Seriously is the latest in a recent flurry of defenses of meta-ethical (and more broadly, meta-normative) non-naturalist realism

Gene Ray

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156920610X533306 Historical Materialism 18 (2010) 3–24 Dialectical Realism and Radical Commitments: Brecht and Adorno on Representing Capitalism Gene Ray Geneva University of Art and Design Abstract Bertolt Brecht

Frank X. Ryan

growing consensus holds that such challenges have been substantially met and that realism in some robust form is again deservedly king of the hill. “In the current thriving field of first-order ontology, the most popular view is heavyweight realism,” observes David Chalmers, “with a minority of

Jonathan Reid Surovell

1 Introduction Realism is here understood as the thesis that there are universals, where anything that can be exemplified by multiple entities is a universal. So a typical Realist would believe that whiteness is a universal that is exemplified by, among other things, the White House and the