Realism and Anti-Realism

  • Christos Kyriacou
  • Robin McKenna

Part of the Palgrave Innovations in Philosophy book series (PIIP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Christos Kyriacou, Robin McKenna
    Pages 1-14
  3. Epistemic Realism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Terence Cuneo
      Pages 17-43
    3. Eva Schmidt
      Pages 97-120
    4. Nathaniel Sharadin
      Pages 121-143
  4. Epistemic Anti-realism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Charles Côté-Bouchard, Clayton Littlejohn
      Pages 147-171
    3. Christopher Cowie, Alexander Greenberg
      Pages 173-196
    4. Allan Hazlett
      Pages 197-216
    5. Martin Kusch, Robin McKenna
      Pages 217-239
    6. Teemu Toppinen
      Pages 241-264
  5. Beyond the Realism/Anti-realism Divide

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Annalisa Coliva
      Pages 267-288
    3. A. K. Flowerree
      Pages 289-310
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 311-314

About this book


This book contains twelve chapters by leading and up-and-coming philosophers on metaepistemology, that is, on the nature, existence and authority of epistemic facts. One of the central divides in metaepistemology is between epistemic realists and epistemic anti-realists. Epistemic realists think that epistemic facts (such as the fact that you ought to believe what your evidence supports) exist independently of human judgements and practices, and that they have authority over our judgements and practices. Epistemic anti-realists think that, if epistemic facts exist at all, they are grounded in human judgements and practices, and gain any authority they have from our judgements and practices. This book considers both epistemic realist and anti-realist perspectives, as well as perspectives that “transcend” the realism/anti-realism dichotomy. As such, it constitutes the “state of the art” with regard to metaepistemology, and will shape the debate in years to come.


epistemic ontology metaepistemology epistemic facts antirealism metaethics moral ontology

Editors and affiliations

  • Christos Kyriacou
    • 1
  • Robin McKenna
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CyprusNicosiaCyprus
  2. 2.University of ViennaViennaAustria

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