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Definition of Realism

Realism

  1. As opposed to nominalism, the doctrine that genera and species are real things or entities, existing independently of our conceptions. According to realism the Universal exists ante rem (Plato), or in re (Aristotle).
  2. As opposed to idealism, the doctrine that in sense perception there is an immediate cognition of the external object, and our knowledge of it is not mediate and representative.
  3. Fidelity to nature or to real life; representation without idealization, and making no appeal to the imagination; adherence to the actual fact.

Realism Quotations

True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.
Jean Cocteau

I felt the most intense pleasure in piercing the stone in order to make an abstract form and space; quite a different sensation from that of doing it for the purpose of realism.
Barbara Hepworth

Realism is a bad word. In a sense everything is realistic. I see no line between the imaginary and the real.
Federico Fellini

It's time to bury the unreal, failed 'realism' of those who have long thought that dictators brought stability.
Elliott Abrams

It has generally been assumed that of two opposing systems of philosophy, e.g., realism and idealism, one only can be true and one must be false; and so philosophers have been hopelessly divided on the question, which is the true one.
Morris Raphael Cohen
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Realism Translations

realism in German is Realismus
realism in Italian is realismo
realism in Spanish is realismo
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