Chapter 5. Reality and Thought

  1. John Shand Associate Lecturer
  1. Matti Eklund Ph.D. Associate Professor

Published Online: 18 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315837.ch5

Central Issues of Philosophy

Central Issues of Philosophy

How to Cite

Eklund, M. (2009) Reality and Thought, in Central Issues of Philosophy (ed J. Shand), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315837.ch5

Editor Information

  1. The Open University, UK

Author Information

  1. Cornell University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 SEP 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 MAY 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405162708

Online ISBN: 9781444315837



  • history of philosophy and Plato's cave allegory, from the Republic;
  • cave allegory and global skepticism problem;
  • idealism or antirealism;
  • reality and mind-dependency and extreme antirealism (EA);
  • EA - different realities existing for different people;
  • moderate antirealism (MA);
  • EA and MA - denying that there is mind-independent truth;
  • projectivist view and projectivism;
  • direct realism;
  • relation of language to thought and reality


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Mind-dependence Claims

  • Projectivism

  • Direct Realism

  • Berkeley's idealism

  • Secondary Qualities

  • Language, Thought, and Reality

  • Conclusion

  • Further Reading

  • References