(as opposed to idealistic or visionary) orientation
that relies on 'hard facts,' and considers things as they are and not on what they might or should be. In politics, realism is called realpolitik.
that non-concrete (abstract) entities such as numbers and mathematical objects have an existence independent
of the human mind which conceives them. And that the knowledge
classifications and other such taxonomic schemes are not arbitrary
. Opposite of nominalism