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presentative realism

noun, Epistemology.
Related forms
presentative realist, noun


[prez-uh n-tey-shuh-niz-uh m, pree-zen-] /ˌprɛz ənˈteɪ ʃəˌnɪz əm, ˌpri zɛn-/
noun, Epistemology.
the doctrine that in perception, or in all forms of knowledge, there is an immediate awareness of the things perceived.
Also called presentative realism.
Origin of presentationism
1835-45; presentation + -ism
Related forms
presentationist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • Dewey favors the naïve standpoint, and affirms that presentative realism is tainted by an epistemological subjectivism.

    John Dewey's logical theory Delton Thomas Howard
  • In opposition to presentative realism, Dewey offers his 'naturalistic' interpretation of knowledge.

    John Dewey's logical theory Delton Thomas Howard
British Dictionary definitions for presentative realism


(philosophy) the theory that objects are identical with our perceptions of them Compare representationalism
Derived Forms
presentationist, noun, adjective
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