Quine über Realität

„Unless we change meanings in midstream, the familiar bodies around us are as real as can be; and it smacks of a contradiction in terms to conclude otherwise. Having noted, that man has no evidence for the existence of bodies beyond the fact that their assumption helps him to organize experience, we should have done well, instead of disclaiming evidence for the existence of bodies, to conclude: such, then, at bottom, is what evidence is, both for ordinary bodies and for molecules.
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We can continue to recognize that molecules and even the gross bodies of common sense are simply posited in the course of organizing our responses to stimulation; but a moral to draw from our reconsideration of the terms ‘reality’ and ‘evidence’ is that posits are not ipso facto unreal.“

aus: Willard van Orman Quine – The Ways of Paradox and other Essays

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