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  • The view that phenomena in some domain(s) exist independently of our experience, knowledge, or perception of them. One might be an ontological realist, an ethical realist, a scientific realist, or some other type. In most cases, one can be a realist about one domain without necessarily being a realist about another.

    Ontological (metaphysical) realism is the view that objects exist independently of our experience or perception of them and independently of the concepts or language through which they are understood and described. The scope of ontological realism can vary greatly. One might be a realist only about physical, spatio-temporal objects. Or realism might extend to include abstract objects, such as numbers, sets, or laws. One might also be a realist about the entities postulated by metaphysical ...

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