Assertions, Clearing One’s Throat

Completely by accident, while looking for something else, I came across this passage on the very first page of Crispin Wright’s Truth and Objectivity:

…if there ever was a consensus of understanding about ‘realism’, as a philosophical term of art, it has undoubtedly been fragmented by the pressures exerted by the various debates—so much so that a philosopher who asserts that she is a realist about theoretical science, for example, or ethics, has probably, for most philosophical audiences, accomplished little more than to clear her throat.

One could most likely switch out “realism” for a number of other terms, but I think this might be true.  I had a much longer post about this passage a few minutes ago, but somehow it dissapeared.  I suppose it’s been a nice lesson in nihilism.