Critical realism

Name introduced by American philosopher Roy Wood Sellars (1880-1973) in Critical Realism (1916) for his attempt to mediate between direct realism and idealism by saying that the objects of perception are neither objects themselves nor ideas arid so on in the mind but sets of properties of these objects.

D Drake et al., eds, Essays in Critical Realism (1920)

Critical realism may refer to:

  • Critical realism (philosophy of perception), a perspective that states that some sense-data are accurate to external objects
  • Critical realism (philosophy of the social sciences), philosophical approach associated with Roy Bhaskar
  • Theological critical realism, a term used in the religion–science interface community
  • Social realism, particularly applied to art

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