<philosophical terminology> the totality of what is, as opposed to what merely seems to be. Metaphysicians and ontologists differ widely in their convictions about what kinds of entities are properly included. Recommended Reading: Peter Loptson, Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics (Toronto, 2001); Milton K. Munitz, The Question of Reality (Princeton, 1992); John W. Yolton, Realism and Appearances: An Essay in Ontology (Cambridge, 2000); John R. Searle, The Construction of Social Reality (Free Press, 1997); and Robert Kirk, Relativism and Reality: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge, 1999).
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