The Taming of the True poses a broad challenge to the realist views of meaning and truth that have been prominent in recent philosophy. Neil Tennant starts with a careful critical survey of the realism debate, guiding the reader through its complexities; he then presents a sustained defence of the anti-realist view that every truth is knowable in principle, and that grasp of meaning must be able to be made manifest. Sceptical arguments for the indeterminacy
or non-factuality of meaning are countered; and the much-maligned notion of analyticity is reinvestigated and rehabilitated. Tennant goes on to show that an effective logical system can be based on his anti-realist view; the logical system that he advocates is justified as a body of analytic truths and
Having laid the foundations for global semantic anti-realism, Tennant moves to the world of empirical understanding, and gives an account of the cognitive credentials of natural scientific discourse. He shows that the same canon of constructive and relevant inference suffices both for intuitionistic mathematics and for empirical science.
This is an ambitious and contentious book which aims to reform not only theory of meaning, but our deductive practices across a broad range of discourses.
`Review from previous edition This is a new major and systematic monograph on the realism debate, written by a very skillful and sophisticated defender of anti-realism ... The book is very lucidly written, and the main arguments are well signposted, presented, and summarized. Moreover its author has put every effort into making it as independent as possible from his former book Anti-Realism and Logic ... it is a very advanced work.'
Tadeusz Szubka, Albert E. Gunn and Staff
`The book addresses a number of important issues in contemporary philosophy, and the reader has much to gain from a careful study of the development. Few stones are left unturned.'
Stewart Shapiro, Mathematical Reviews
`This is a bold book, perhaps even a brave book as among its aims are the reinstatement of such unfashionable notions as the analytic-synthetic distinction and a criterion of cognitive significance. A bold book, a broad book in scope, and certainly a good book... There is...much that is good in this book and much that is thought provoking. Anyone interested in the realist/anti-realist controversy, whichever side she takes, should read it, for it presents
the most sophisticated defence of moderate anti-realism to date.'
Peter Milne, Mind
2:: The Realism Debate
4:: Against Meaning Skepticism
5:: Avoiding Strict Finitism
6:: Meaning as Graspable
7:: Truth as Knowable
8:: Analyticity and Syntheticity
9:: Finding the Right Logic
10:: Cognitive Significance Regained
11:: Defeasibility and Constructive Falsifiability
Number Of Pages: 484
Published: 1st February 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51
Weight (kg): 0.69