Rationality and Reality

Conversations with Alan Musgrave

  • Colin Cheyne
  • John Worrall

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Colin Cheyne
    Pages 1-6
  3. Gregory Currie
    Pages 7-18
  4. John Worrall
    Pages 31-61
  5. Volker Gadenne
    Pages 97-107
  6. Stathis Psillos
    Pages 133-156
  7. Michael Redhead
    Pages 157-164
  8. Graham Oddie
    Pages 255-261
  9. Alan Musgrave
    Pages 293-333
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 335-337

About this book


Alan Musgrave has consistently defended two positions that he regards as commonsensical – critical realism and critical rationalism. In defence of critcal realism he argues for the objective existence of the external world as opposed to idealism, as well as arguing for scientific realism against all anti-realist accounts of science. His critical rationalism is drawn from the work of Karl Popper and stands opposed to inductivist and irrationalist methodologies. In defence of these positions, Musgrave’s writings have covered a wide range of topics in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, history of science, theories of truth, and economic theory. In this volume a group of internationally-renowned authors discuss themes that are relevant in one way or another to Musgrave’s work. This is not intended as a standard celebratory festschrift but rather as a new examination of topics of current interest in philosophy. The contributory essays are followed by responses from Alan Musgrave himself.


Karl R. Popper Philosophy of Science epistemology idea metaphysics mind philosophy reason science truth

Editors and affiliations

  • Colin Cheyne
    • 1
  • John Worrall
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OtagoNew Zealand
  2. 2.London School of EconomicsUK

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