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Introduction

ByAndrew Joseph Cortens

This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book presents the general conception of realism and anti-realism, both local and global. It provides two sorts of anti-realism: object anti-realism, which concerns putative entities of some specific type, and a more general category. The book explores the relationship between various anti-realist accounts of reference and global object anti-realism. Michael Dummett is largely responsible for the trend away from speaking of realism tout court, and toward speaking of realism or anti-realism with respect to this or that specific subject matter. Dummett contends that disputes ranging over a wide variety of subject matters, from the external world to mathematics, exhibit this common structure. The book examines the question of whether anti-realism about linguistic meaning and mental content gives rise to global statemental antirealism.