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Philosophy, science and the ends of Realism
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This chapter on philosophy and realism in the age of new media offers the perspectives on the concept of realism which are not dependent on literary history. It begins by providing information on Aristotle's and Plato's works in relation to realism. The chapter then discusses the relationship between literary realism and the philosophical position of common-sense realism, describing the feature of Nigel Warburton's summary of common-sense realism. It provides specific consideration to further thought about the philosophy of realism and the realist aesthetic. The chapter also describes the kind of default realist position taken up by the majority of people and with which nineteenth-century Realism accords. A STOP and THINK section lists questions for readers to answer by themselves and better understand realism. Finally, the chapter explores the values of the realist aesthetic and change in the nature of reality.

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