Philosophical realism

An object exists independent of our perception or conception of it. Michael Dummett is against this stance and calls it “colourless reductionism”.

Interestingly it is, in my opinion, precisely that reality is “colourless” that our minds colour it. It is the necessary part of our being conscious of our reality. And again, it is precisely because we erroneously supplement to the reality with minds that perhaps we need to reduce (remove) what was added to it.

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  1. landzek

    “An object exists independent of our perception or conception of it. “

    I think that is because perception and conception also exist, are also objects in the universe.

    It is the limited ideal of an “invisible given” that objects are such and such, as opposed to thoughts are such and such — invisible givens which function to grant the platform from which the universe is ordered that bring forth the “colorless reductionism”: Becuase there is already an assumption of what we All are talking about.

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