Are you a direct, or an indirect, realist, and why?

The alternative to either form of realism in this context is "idealism", because it is a question of how sensory information gets into our minds, or whether it isn't sensory at all, but rather a priori.


So far the first 4 answers have not addressed "direct" vs "indirect" realism. Do you know what it is, and if not, why bother answering?

4 Answers

  • 7 years ago

    Realism is a good approach to understanding the world. It is highly informal and indirect, however in practice. Congitive science shows how easily our capacity for recovering perceived events vary. Rather than assuming some perfect, "Direct realism", I think it is safer bet to assume that the 'sense' that ontical entities themselves have is destroyed as we apprehend them. What we do with the residue, what we call their "representations" is then a free choice, or else a matter of habit. The "order", we attribute to reality is thus, while based in experience, our own mind's construct.

    P.S. If you don't see my references to "direct" vs "indirect" realism above, I suppose that means you have some blinders there, huh?

  • 7 years ago

    I consider myself to be a 'realist with a little consideration'. What it means is that I view things as they are, but I also consider the things that can go astray. I see the chance of inaccuracy in my predictions. I consider this good, because if I be too direct, I often be too confident too soon and miss too many opportunities. But if I became too indirect, I will also miss too many opportunities.

    But this is just my view. Of course, I can be horribly wrong, but that is the interesting part about life. Whether my view is wrong or not, and is the most effective or not, all road leads to Rome; eventually we will get there.


  • 7 years ago

    More of a realist, and definitely pragmatic. In different situations, I can be all of those things. It all boils down to what works. And as far as the 'why' aspect, I really do not know except that it seems to work for me and the people that I work with and associate with.

  • 7 years ago

    I think, It Depends On My "UNDERSTANDING" of the Things and the Situations.

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