What is reality? How does it exist? Is it objective and external to the conceptions of human cognition or is it merely mediated by our rational senses? Can we ever get at reality or are we limited by our mental apparatus? How does naturalistic materialism relate to our understanding of reality and in what sense can it be correct? Can we ever get at reality proper or is it simply constructed by the practices, methodologies, linguistic and conceptual mechanisms of the human mind?
Paolo Palmieri is Associate Professor of philosophy in the department of the history and philosophy of science at The University of Pittsburgh. He specialises in the practice and philosophy of modern science and modern science itself; focusing on the intellectual traditions that shaped the values of modernity.