Reply to Dougherty

  • Nicholas Rescher
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series in Philosophy book series (PSSP, volume 15)


In his interesting and insightful paper, Jude P. Dougherty trenchantly asserts the claims of an updated Aristotelian realism against the conceptual idealism that is a recurrent theme in my books. Dougherty focusses the issues around the following question:

The vocabulary of empirical science abounds in dispositional terms such as “elastic,” “conduction of heat” … and the like. Are these features not as real as any property we may predicate?

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