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Conventional Realism and Political InquiryChanneling Wittgenstein$
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John G. Gunnell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226661278

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226661308.001.0001

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Conventional Realism

Conventional Realism

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Conventional Realism and Political Inquiry

John G. Gunnell

University of Chicago Press

This chapter is devoted to a fuller account of conventional realism and of what Wittgenstein said about conventions. It begins with a detailed analysis of how the philosophers and social theorists John Searle and Charles Taylor, who had been deeply involved in the defense of mentalism and realism, have recently acknowledged some of the problems with these positions and embraced some of the criticisms. They have, however, proceeded by trying to solve the problems attributed to mentalism and realism rather than rejecting the framework in which the problems have arisen.

Keywords:   conventions, conventional realism, Searle, Taylor, Wittgenstein

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