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The Argument For Indirect Realism
I will call it “The Argument”. It assumes many guises and has survived for hundreds of years, and I want to show that it is wrong. Here is a classic instance of it, from David Hume in his 1748 Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding: It seems also evident, that, when men follow this blind and powerful instinct of nature, they always suppose the very images, presented by the senses, to be the external objects, and never entertain any suspicion, that the one are nothing but representations of the other.