British analytical philosopher, Michael Dummett, coined the term, “Anti-realism”(Dummett 1963) to describe a form of realism he viewed as being colourless. Dummett viewed that, “the difference between the realist and the anti-realist concerns the correct logical laws” “(1963). Tallis’ argument that, “It would be absurd to deny the delight that some readers derive from fantasy” (Tallis 1988, p. 213) has certainly been proven to be an argument more relevant today than it was just ten years ago.

Dummett would have considered Jerry’s world, and the character to be colourless simply for the way in which the story is being told, or shown as the maybe. Though Jerry is full of life and likeness that holds parallels with the ‘real’ world, Jerry’s character is a very real interpretation of the real, making it colourful anti-realism (Anae, N 2017). Tallis’ observation about the way in which, “Anti-realism is a protest on behalf of reality” (1988) and is being, “traduced by fictions in the grip of stylistic tricks” (1988). More importantly, Tallis goes on to say that, “Anti-Realism is an invaluable critique of realism”(1988) and for much of the world, this is true with Pathos becoming a natural progression of this critique.




Anae, N 2017, Week 7: Anti-Realism, Humour, Pathos Video lecture, in HUMT20013: Elements of Creative Writing II, CQUniversity, viewed 2 September 2017,

Dummett, M 1963, Realism, in Dummett on Realism and Anti-Realism, viewed 2 September 2017,

Tallis, R 1988, Closure: Realism and Ant-Realism, in In Defence of Realism, U of Nebraska Press

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