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Realism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth : Studies in Epistemology and Cognitive Theory - Richard Fumerton

Realism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth

Studies in Epistemology and Cognitive Theory

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Published: 28th March 2002
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This book is a defense of realism about truth. The author argues that the most plausible version of realism is a correspondence theory of Truth that takes thought as the primary bearer of truth value. Anti-realists about Truth have seemed to argue that one cannot make sense of a world of 'truth-makers' that exists independently of representations of that world. While it may be true that there is no Truth without minds, one still needs the category of representation--independent fact, the author argues, to serve as truth-maker. In embracing this form of realism, the author does not want to deny the critical role that mind, through its representations, plays in structuring the reality that exists independently of those representations. Furthermore, after distinguishing realism about Truth from various sorts of metaphysical realisms, the author suggests that one can embrace much of anti-realist rhetoric from within the framework of a variety of plausible claims about the way in which minds do and must represent the world.

Prefacep. xi
Distinctionsp. 1
Introductionp. 1
The Distinction between Realism (Anti-Realism) about Truth and Metaphysical Realisms (Anti-Realisms)p. 2
Realism about Truthp. 2
Minimal Requirements on Realismp. 4
Being True Is a Propertyp. 4
Mind-Independence of Truth Makers--A First Attemptp. 4
Mind-Independence of Truth Makers--A Second Tryp. 6
Rejecting Realism with a Perpetual Stutterp. 9
Mind-Independence of Truth Makers versus Mind-Independence of Truthp. 11
Bivalencep. 15
Unknown Truthp. 16
Summaryp. 17
Metaphysical Realist/Anti-Realist Controversiesp. 18
Versions of Alethic Realismp. 23
Introductionp. 23
Criteria for a Successful Analysis of Truthp. 23
Modal Statusp. 24
Avoiding Circularityp. 27
Alston's Minimal Realismp. 29
The Correspondence Theory of Truthp. 37
Naturalism or a Little Magic?p. 42
Causal Theories of Representationp. 43
Magical Theories of Representationp. 46
Conclusionp. 53
Objections to Realismp. 55
Introductionp. 55
A Fundamental Objectionp. 56
A Silly Argument for Anti-Realismp. 57
The Slingshot--Another Non-Starterp. 60
Kuhn, Goodman, Putnam, and Alternative "Realities,"p. 62
Kuhnp. 63
Realism and Relativismp. 68
Goodman and Putnam on "Making" Realityp. 70
The Self-Refutation of Anti-Realismsp. 83
Introductionp. 83
What Are Representations?p. 84
Dummett, Pragmatism, and Assorted Verificationismsp. 85
Verificationism and the Perpetual Stutterp. 87
Verificationism, Realism, and the Law of Excluded Middlep. 91
Verificationsm without Truthp. 95
The Incoherence of Coherence Theories of Truthp. 101
Introductionp. 101
Coherence Theories of Truthp. 102
"Impure" Coherence Theoriesp. 111
The Coherence Theory of Justificationp. 115
Anti-Realist Insight: Mind-Structured Reality and the Egocentric Perspectivep. 119
Introductionp. 119
Mind Structuring World--Correspondence without Universalsp. 120
Summarizingp. 129
Humean Perspectivalismp. 130
Referencesp. 143
Indexp. 147
About the Authorp. 151
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ISBN: 9780742512832
ISBN-10: 0742512835
Series: Studies in Epistemology and Cognitive Theory
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 149
Published: 28th March 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.39  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.36