The realism-antirealism debate in contemporary philosopy and its practical implications

Aslan, Hasan


The problem of justice in the philosophies of Rousseau and Kant
Ünlü, Özlem; Turan, Şeref Halil; Department of Philosophy (2011)
The aim of this study is to make a comparison between Rousseau’s and Kant’s theory of justice. This thesis defends the arguments of Rousseau’s democratic political theory against the claims raised by Kant. Rousseau and Kant formulate how to relieve the tension between individual and society. This tension is the one between individual and political freedom. Rousseau calls it the tension between moral and political freedom and Kant terms it as internal and external freedom. However, Rousseau ensures continuit...
The role of symbolic presentation in Kant's theory of taste
Rueger, A; Evren, S (Oxford University Press (OUP), 2005-07-01)
Beauty, or at least natural beauty, is famously a symbol of the morally good in Kant's theory of taste. Natural beauty is also, we argue, a symbol of the systematicity of nature. This symbolic connection of beauty and systematicity in nature sheds light on the relation between the principles underlying the use of reflecting judgement. The connection also motivates a more general interpretive proposal: the fact that the imagination can symbolize ideas plays a crucial role in the theory of taste; it is the me...
The concepts of health and sickness in Nietzsche's philosophy
Akbalık, Bilge; Parkan, Barış; Department of Philosophy (2009)
The purpose of the present study is to assess the role of the concepts of health and sickness in Nietzsche’s philosophy. While doing this, our basic presupposition will be that these concepts owe their special place to their being the new criteria for Nietzsche’s project of revaluation of all existing values. Nietzsche was philosophizing in the face of the crisis of 19th century Europe, that is, nihilism. According to him, Western traditional thought is based on an otherworldly oriented conception of life t...
The growing desert: nihilism and metaphysics in Martin Heidegger's thought
Duman, Musa; İnam, Ahmet; Department of Philosophy (2009)
In this study, we explore Heidegger’s understanding of nihilism as the essential dimension of metaphysics, of metaphysical experience of Being, and in the following, we address his responses to it. Heidegger takes nihilism as rooted in the metaphysical way of thinking, hence metaphysics and nihilism standing in a primordial identity. Such metaphysical way of thinking as a framework in which Being is experinced and articulated, explicitly or implicitly in all areas of Western culture, from art to science, gi...
CANEVI, FPG (1988-09-01)
Citation Formats
H. Aslan, “The realism-antirealism debate in contemporary philosopy and its practical implications,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 1995.