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Maurizio Ferraris

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256150

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256150.001.0001

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Strong Realism

Strong Realism

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(p.123) 5 Strong Realism
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Where Are You?
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Maurizio Ferraris

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256150.003.0007

This chapter examines the theory of strong realism, which posits that social objects are as solid as physical objects and is supported by Adolf Reinach. It considers Reinach's arguments about strong realism, especially with respect to the prenormative a priori nature of juridical entities in comparison with physical entities, as well as about ethics and social ontology. The discussion begins with an example that shows the existence of property in a primitive society without any explicit codification. The chapter then assesses Reinach's criticisms against the presuppositions of juridical positivism before turning to the pros and cons of strong realism.

Keywords:   strong realism, social objects, physical objects, Adolf Reinach, juridical entities, physical entities, ethics, social ontology, property, juridical positivism

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