Coming to grips with realism

Tracy Llanera*

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Retrieving Realism renders the joint philosophical goals of Hubert Dreyfus and Charles Taylor into what is probably their final and most concise form. It has two main objectives: first, it aims to deconstruct the mediationalism that undergirds Western philosophy, and second, it endorses contact theory, or embodied/embedded coping, as an alternative. In this essay, I present the book’s most salient themes and reveal areas that are ripe for further philosophical consideration. I also direct the reader to the work’s genuine ontological challenge: how to come to grips with contact theory beyond the borders of epistemology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-288
Number of pages8
JournalCritical Horizons
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017


  • contact theory
  • Dreyfus
  • mediationalism
  • realism
  • Taylor


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