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Can the laws of physics and the constants of nature exist in a fundamental sense without mathematical realism?

As is the case with many questions on this and related topics, the real difficulty in making any progress is that the word 'exist' and phrases such as 'exist in a fundamental sense' are inherently ...
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Does something that exists hypothetically exist at all?

Like so many before you, you ask a question that is fundamental to meta-ontological theory. You ask a specific version of, what does it mean to exist? Should all things that can be conceived exist? Is ...
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How do we know that the superposition of states in quantum mechanics is a real phenomenon? Does this have philosophical significance?

The embarrassing truth for physics is that the ontology of quantum theory remains unclear. I might have some objections to your suggestion that electrons might 'disappear' between measurements- ...
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Can the laws of physics and the constants of nature exist in a fundamental sense without mathematical realism?

Can the laws of physics and fundamental constants of nature exist without fundamental mathematical constants, operators, and equations also existing? Kinda depends on what in particular you mean by &...
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Why do realists insist that universals EXIST?

It is all wordplay about the meaning of the word exist. If there are ten apples in the universe, then you can say numbers exist. If the apples have stalks, you can say stalks exist. If the apples are ...
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Is it possible for words to have a meaning other than how they are used?

Meanings of words are attributed to them by humans. One consequence is that you can never be sure whether the meaning of a word intended by the person who utters or writes it is the same as the ...
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Why do realists insist that universals EXIST?

Can't we then simply say there is this particular thing, this particular thing and so on? We sure can, but then we won't be able to communicate, thus defeating the whole purpose of language. When you ...
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Why is equality not considered the fundamental unit / principle in nature?

I always worry when I see a word written in quotation marks, as with your "unit", that its author isn't quite sure what they are trying to say. Equality is fundamental to mathematics, ...
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Are artistic forms mind independent?

Something that I would like to raise to this question is that the fundamental appreciation of art depends on the perspective of the observer in the sense that if you had no relative context on what ...
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What is the difference between Anti - Realism vs. Subjective Idealism and Immaterialism?

Anti-realism is a broad umbrella term, which encompasses lots of ideas, including subjective idealism and sometimes immaterialism. It's just generally the idea that reality is non-objective. ...
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Why do realists insist that universals EXIST?

Does a stone block exist? (suppose your answer is yes; my answer is yes) Does a bridge made of stone blocks exist? (suppose your answer here is also yes; my answer is yes) In that case we must admit ...
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Does something that exists hypothetically exist at all?

Intuitively, there seems like there's a big difference between a statement like "there's a unicorn in my garden" (not real) and "I'm going to have coffee with my friend this afternoon&...
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Aristotelian realism of universals

A good approach to the philosophical problem of universals is to start with the following explanation about universals: Platonic realism is the view that universals are real entities existing ...
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Does something that exists hypothetically exist at all?

Avoiding re-iterating JD's list of fascinating topics (in short: there are many different types or categories of "existence" and many different opinions about it - the SEP is a good entry ...
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Does something that exists hypothetically exist at all?

One can distinguish the real possibilities (those allowed by the laws of nature) from pure fantasies. For example, the asteroid missing the Earth 70 million years ago and humans evolving directly from ...
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Does something that exists hypothetically exist at all?

Firstly, one can certainly claim whatever they believe to be truthful, regardless of whether it is recognized as true by majority, and whether such claims are in conflict with claims made by others. ...
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Why do realists insist that universals EXIST?

Thank you for your intriguing... Thought Experiment You posit: Consider a universe of size 10×10×10. Let there be 10 identical apples and 10 identical rods in it. Realists insist that not just 20 ...
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Could Dummettians use indefinite extendibility to get around Fitch's paradox?

I don't see how it matters, given that Fitch's Paradox doesn't rely on any sort of complete set, but only on specialization. It goes from the Knowability Principle (KP) ∀p(p→◊Kp) to the paradoxical ...
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Is Bhaskar's argument, that epistemology and ontology are separate, correct?

The point is that we necessarily experience, understand and know the world from a human perspective. There is a difference in principle between how things are and how we suppose they are, since our ...
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Is Bhaskar's argument, that epistemology and ontology are separate, correct?

They can be composed into a greater concept, regardless of how far from each other they are (and they're not as far as polar opposites!). That is, we can ask about what we know, what knowledge is, ...
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Is Bhaskar's argument, that epistemology and ontology are separate, correct?

I will answer with an example. There exist some interpretations of quantum mechanics. One of them is the many-worlds interpretation : It is a philosophical position about how the mathematics used in ...
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What was Merleau-Ponty a realist about?

I interpret "realist about X" as meaning "thought of X as real". But then, your OP speaks of "mind-independence" as a criteria for what is "real". Merleau-Ponty ...
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How do we know that the superposition of states in quantum mechanics is a real phenomenon? Does this have philosophical significance?

The principle of superposition of quantum states says: If a particle is prepared to be in the superposition state alpha |lambda> + beta |mu> with complex numbers alpha, beta satisfying |alpha|^2 ...
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How do we know that the superposition of states in quantum mechanics is a real phenomenon? Does this have philosophical significance?

If it is in fact the case that your alternative theory is equivalent in terms of empirical observations and predictions to the superposition theory, then it is not actually an alternative at all, but ...
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How far can the concept of realism be extended?

Suppose reality is independent of mind, then any theory which explains the reality must be able to explain not just consciousness but also feelings , physical forms , perceptions and choices. How can ...
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How far can the concept of realism be extended?

My philosophy of what exists in reality has the acronyms MAD AIR. MAD refers to Mystery; Awareness; Distinctions. AIR refers to Awareness of Items of Recognition. The stream of experience has in it ...
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Is it possible for words to have a meaning other than how they are used?

Every word at some point had to acquire its current meanings. But the question is which came first? Did meaning come first and then we apply a word to it so we can refer to the meaning. Or did we just ...
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Why is equality not considered the fundamental unit / principle in nature?

This is an excellent and profound question. Let's go first with the trivial issues. Because equality is not "a fundamental unit / principle in nature". Equality is subjective, which means ...
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Why do these common counter arguments to direct realism work?

You are right: those arguments are not decisive against direct realism, but they don't have to be. They only have to weaken the position and force its defenders to find ways around the weakness. One ...
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Is realism an integral part of Classical Theism?

The answer is really going to depend on what you think is the essence of classical theism. If you think that Divine Simplicity is the core doctrine of classical theism, then all Catholics are bound to ...
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