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The Nature of Truth : Classic and Contemporary Perspectives - Michael P. Lynch

The Nature of Truth

Classic and Contemporary Perspectives

By: Michael P. Lynch (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th April 2001
ISBN: 9780262621458
Number Of Pages: 820
For Ages: 18+ years old

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"What is truth?" has long been the philosophical question par excellence. "The Nature of Truth" collects in one volume the twentieth century's most influential philosophical work on the subject. The coverage strikes a balance between classic works and the leading edge of current philosophical research. The essays center around two questions: Does truth have an underlying nature? And if so, what sort of nature does it have? Thus the book discusses both traditional and deflationary theories of truth, as well as phenomenological, postmodern, and pluralist approaches to the problem. The essays are organized by theory. Each of the seven sections opens with a detailed introduction that not only discusses the essays in that section but relates them to other relevant essays in the book. Eleven of the essays are previously unpublished or substantially revised. The book also includes suggestions for further reading. Contributors: Linda Martin Alcoff, William P. Alston, J. L. Austin, Brand Blanshard, Marian David, Donald Davidson, Michael Devitt, Michael Dummett, Hartry Field, Michel Foucault, Dorothy Grover, Anil Gupta, Martin Heidegger, Terence Horgan, Jennifer Hornsby, Paul Horwich, William James, Michael P. Lynch, Charles Sanders Pierce, Hilary Putnam, W. V. O. Quine, F. P. Ramsey, Richard Rorty, Bertrand Russell, Scott Soames, Ernest Sosa, P. F. Strawson, Alfred Tarski, Ralph C. Walker, Crispin Wright.

Introduction: The Mystery of Truth
Realism and the Correspondence Theory
Truth and Falsehood
A Realist Conception of Truth
Contextual Semantics and Metaphysical Realism: Truth as Indirect Correspondence
Coherence Theories
Coherence as the Nature of Truth
The Coherence Theory
The Case for Coherence
Pragmatism and Verificationism
How to Make Our Ideas Clear
Pragmatism's Conception of Truth
Two Philosophical Perspectives
Is Truth a Goal of Inquiry? Donald Davidson versus Crispin Wright
Phenomenological and Postmodernist Conceptions
On the Essence of Truth
Truth and Power
Tarski's Theory of Its Importance
The Semantic Conception of Truth and the Foundations of Semantics
Tarski's Theory of Truth
What Is a Theory of Truth?
Deflationary Views and Their Critics
The Nature of Truth
Correspondence Truth, Disquotational Truth, and Deflationism
The Prosentential Theory: Further Reflections on Locating Our Interest in Truth
A Critique of Deflationism
A Defense of Minimalism
The Metaphysics of Truth
Primitivism, Identity Theory, and Alethic Pluralism
The Folly of Trying to Define Truth
Epistemology and Primitive Truth
Truth: The Identity Theory
Truth as Identity and Truth as Correspondence
The Face of Cognition
A Functionalist Theory of Truth
Minimalism, Deflationism, Pragmatism, Pluralism
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ISBN: 9780262621458
ISBN-10: 0262621452
Series: Bradford Books
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 820
Published: 11th April 2001
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.1  x 4.0
Weight (kg): 1.14