The term “realism” has been applied to countless theories and philosophical approaches over the millennia. Many claims to be realist, however, seem to make “realism” meaningless: either because they are indistinguishable from idealism or nominalism, or because they hollow out the concept of “reality”, or some other such misstep. Many might—and seemingly have already—despair of any valid and sound philosophical inquiries, therefore, aimed at discerning the truth about human experience, life, meaning, and the universe. It around this that the first ever issue of Reality centers: how are we to answer the question, “what is realism?” Can we truly know the real? If so, how?
[PDF will be available here]
[Links to each article/response on web will be here.]
Political Realism: Neither Realpolitik nor Ens Rationis – Francisco Plaza
An examination of theoretically-constituted political realism as capable of contributing to the common good.
Signs and Reality – Brian Kemple
An advocation for “semiotic realism” as the means to re-establishing realism as the preeminent philosophical approach.
Sense-Perceptive Realism – Daniel Wagner
On the sense-perceptive realism of Aristotle and Aquinas, offering a Thomistic-Aristotelian and phenomenological defense of the position contra late medieval and modern nominalism.