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Focusing on Truth - Lawrence E. Johnson

Hardcover Published: 27th August 1992
ISBN: 9780415072526
Number Of Pages: 279

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b /b b i Focusing on Truth /i /b explores the question of what truth is, balancing historical with issue-orientated discussion. The book offers a comprehensive survey of all the major theories of truth. Lawrence Johnson investigates a number of closely related matters of truth in his inquiry, such as: What sorts of things are true or false? What is attributed to them when they are said to be true or false? What do facts have to do with truth? What can we learn from previous theories? br br The book opens with an analysis of the coherence theory of truth and then the correspondence theory of truth, as developed by Moore, Russell and Wittgenstein. Through a study of the semantic conceptions of truth, the author reveals that an adequate theory of truth must take account of the pragmatics of person, purpose, and circumstance. A full understanding of facts and truth bearers is considered central to Johnson's criticism of the opposing truth theories of J. L. Austin and P. F. Strawson. br br Drawing on the merits of these theories and others, while identifying their deficiencies, Johnson presents a new account of truth, based on the correlation of referential foci and the use of linguistic conventions. This account is defended as being adequate to meet the legitimate demands made on a theory of truth. Johnson argues that the account leaves scope for statements of many different sorts to be true in their own widely varying ways, without the existence of a need to posit fundamentally different kinds of truth. br

Introductionp. 1
Coherencep. 15
Correspondencep. 39
Alternatives Ip. 63
The semantic conception of truthp. 83
Intermezzop. 122
Austin and Strawsonp. 154
Truthp. 176
Alternatives IIp. 196
Truth and 'truth'p. 224
Codap. 252
Notesp. 267
Bibliographyp. 272
Indexp. 276
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ISBN: 9780415072526
ISBN-10: 0415072522
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 279
Published: 27th August 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.74 x 15.42  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1