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True to Life : Why Truth Matters - Michael P. Lynch

True to Life

Why Truth Matters

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Published: 5th August 2005
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Gold Award Winner for Philosophy in the 2004 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards Why does truth matter, when politicians so easily sidestep it and intellectuals scorn it as irrelevant? Why be concerned over an abstract idea like truth when something that isn't true--for example, a report of Iraq's attempting to buy materials for nuclear weapons--gets the desired result--the invasion of Iraq? In this engaging and spirited book, Michael Lynch argues that truth does matter, in both our personal and political lives. Lynch explains that the growing cynicism over truth stems in large part from our confusion over what truth is. "We need to think our way past our confusion and shed our cynicism about the value of truth," he writes. "Otherwise, we will be unable to act with integrity, to live authentically, and to speak truth to power." "True to Life" defends four simple claims: that truth is objective; that it is good to believe what is true; that truth is a goal worthy of inquiry; and that truth can be worth caring about for its own sake--not just because it gets us other things we want. In defense of these "truisms about truth," Lynch diagnoses the sources of our cynicism and argues that many contemporary theories of truth cannot adequately account for its value. He explains why we should care about truth, arguing that truth and its pursuit are part of living a happy life, important in our personal relationships and for our political values.

True to Life...asserts some simple truths about truth; for example, that it's good, [and] that it's worthy of pursuit...

-Richard Halicks, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
An engagingly written, carefully reasoned defence of 'objective truth' as a respectable, even desirable goal and standard.

-Barry Allen, The Globe and Mail * Reviews *
True to Life is a passionate demonstration that truth matters; it is strikingly clear and painstakingly reasoned, and ranges from technical work in the philosophy of logic to a discussion of the role of truth-telling in government.

-Anthony Gottlieb, The New York Times Book Review * Reviews *
This is an important and timely volume, and philosophy owes Lynch a considerable debt.

-Duncan Pritchard, The Philosophers' Magazine * Reviews *
True to Life is a bracing antidote to the disease of postmodern cynicism that renders truth impossible and leaves us with nothing but wind-blown opinion.

-Douglas Groothuis, The Denver Post * Reviews *
True to Life...asserts some simple truths about truth; for example, that it's good, [and] that it's worthy of pursuit...

-Richard Halicks, Atlanta Journal-Constitution * Reviews *

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Cynical Myths
Truisms about Truthp. 9
Is the Truth Unattainable?p. 21
Is Truth Relative?p. 31
The Truth Hurtsp. 45
False Theories
Truth as a Means to an Endp. 61
Truth and the Scientific Imagep. 75
Truth as Fictionp. 101
Why Truth Matters
Truth and Happinessp. 119
Sweet Liesp. 147
Truth and Liberal Democracyp. 159
Epiloguep. 179
Notesp. 183
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780262622011
ISBN-10: 0262622017
Series: A Bradford Book
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 5th August 2005
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.3