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The Quest for Reality
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Chapter 1.: Introduction: The Philosophical Project Chapter 2.: The Philosophical Conception of an Independent Reality Chapter 3.: The Idea of Physical Reality Chapter 4.: Unmasking Explanation and the "Unreality" of Colour Chapter 5.: Perception, Predication, and Belief Chapter 6.: Perceptions of Colour and the Colour of Things Chapter 7.: Perception, Judgment, and Error Chapter 8.: Discomforts and Distortions of Metaphysical Theory Chapter 9.: Engagement, Invulnerability, and Dissatisfaction Chapter 10: Morals Bibliography Index

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Barry Stroud is Mills Professor of Metaphysics and Epistemology at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Hume (1977) and The Significance of Philosophical Scepticism (1984).

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"This strange and absorbing book sets out to undermine the central metaphysical ambition which has dominated philosophy since the 17th century - that of reachinga comprehensive understanding of the world, consistent with modern science, which distinguishes between what exists objectively, independent of our minds, and what is merely subjective - due to the effects of the world on our minds and our responses to it. Barry Stroud writes against the temper of the times. [His] style is clear, explicit, methodical and relentless. He tries to block every exit. The Quest for Reality displays a profound grasp of the history and logical structure of philosophical problems and theories, and a feeling for the derangement of thought that underlies them. Whatever one thinks of the conclusion, it is illuminating to think through the argument. This is philosophy of an exemplary purity, tenacity, and depth." -- Thomas Nagel, The London Review of Books "This strange and absorbing book sets out to undermine the central metaphysical ambition which has dominated philosophy since the 17th century--that of reachinga comprehensive understanding of the world, consistent with modern science, which distinguishes between what exists objectively, independent of our minds, and what is merely subjective-- due to the effects of the world on our minds and our responses to it. Barry Stroud writes against the temper of the times. [His] style is clear, explicit, methodical and relentless. He tries to block every exit. The Quest for Reality displays a profound grasp of the history and logical structure of philosophical problems and theories, and a feeling for the derangement of thought that underlies them. Whatever one thinks of the conclusion, it is illuminating to think through the argument. This is philosophy of an exemplary purity, tenacity, and depth."--Thomas Nagel, The London Review of Books "The book's leisurely, discursive, and explicitly undogmatic treatment makes for a fascinating and pleasant read."--Review of Metaphysics

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