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dc.contributor.authorJuvshik, Timen
dc.date2013-09-10 14:24:50.876
dc.date2013-09-11 13:59:52.292
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-11T18:11:30Z
dc.date.available2013-09-11T18:11:30Z
dc.date.issued2013-09-11
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/8268
dc.descriptionThesis (Master, Philosophy) -- Queen's University, 2013-09-11 13:59:52.292en
dc.description.abstractThe work of Nelson Goodman has significantly impacted the philosophical landscape of the latter half of the twentieth century. In this thesis I critically assess Goodman’s later metaphysics, particularly his ontological relativism and multiple worlds hypothesis. I argue that, while Goodman’s view is interesting and important to philosophic thought, it critically fails as a tenable metaphysical position. This failure is twofold: first, Goodman’s argument for ontological relativism rests on the representational fallacy and is therefore unsound; and second his position, when considered as a self-standing metaphysical doctrine, is incoherent. My conclusion is that Goodman must admit some mind-independent structure of reality, otherwise his view should be rejected. However, while I do not argue for any specific form of realism, once some mind-independent structure is admitted, a general realist position becomes preferable to Goodman’s anti-realist, relativist, and constructivist view.en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian thesesen
dc.rightsThis publication is made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws without written authority from the copyright owner.en
dc.subjectworldmaking, Goodman, realism, anti-realism, ontological relativismen
dc.titleRealism and the Background of Goodman's Worldmakingen
dc.typethesisen
dc.description.degreeM.A.en
dc.contributor.supervisorMozersky, Joshuaen
dc.contributor.departmentPhilosophyen
dc.degree.grantorQueen's University at Kingstonen


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