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 A - Appearance


Appearance: What seems to be the case, usually as contrasted with what is really the case in reality.

That things may seem to be the case that are not really so is a matter of everyone's daily experience: One often makes mistakes in one's judgments about what things are, in part based on what they seem to be like or - when human or animal - try to seem to be like and in part based on one's prejudices, fears, hopes and expectations.

In philosophy and religion much is made of this basic distinction, usually in terms of claims that what seems to be the case in the commonsense reality of natural realism is in various ways mistaken, mere appearance (maya, illusion), of some far deeper reality.

This is so from the beginnings of both philosophy and religion.


See also: Reality


Gruber, Plato,

 Original: Aug 17, 2004                                                Last edited: 16 November 2005.   Top