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Truth, Meaning and Realism : Essays in the Philosophy of Thought - A C Grayling

Truth, Meaning and Realism

Essays in the Philosophy of Thought


Published: 1st June 2008
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A.C. Grayling focuses on a series of central philosophical concerns in this excellent collection of essays, with each one contributing to the contemporary debates on these matters.A.C. Grayling is one of Britain's leading thinkers, highly regarded as a public philosopher of distinction as well as in academic circles for his scholarly work on Descartes, Berkeley, Russell and Wittgenstein, his writings on the problem of scepticism, his widely used Introduction to Philosophical Logic and (as editor) his two volume "Philosophy" and (as chief editor) the "Continuum Encyclopaedia of British Philosophy".This book serves as an excellent guide to Grayling's main philosophical concerns and shows the intellectual underpinning of much of his more popular work. This volume of selected essays includes his work in the philosophy of language and philosophical logic, with particular focus on truth, judgment and the realism-anti-realism debate. Each essay is intended as a further contribution to previous topics covered and aims to bring them up-to-date. As such, this collection does not aspire to be the last word on a theory, but rather to advance a perspective and add relevant suggestions to understanding them further.

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Prefacep. v
Assertion, truth and evaluationp. 1
Metaphysically innocent representationp. 17
Truth and evaluationp. 31
Truth and indefinabilityp. 39
Concept-reference and natural kindsp. 55
Publicity, stability, and 'knowing the meaning'p. 77
Explicit speaker theoryp. 91
Understanding realismp. 109
On how not to be realisticp. 131
Evidence and judgementp. 157
Indexp. 171
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A.C. Grayling

A.C. Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He believes that philosophy should take an active, useful role in society.

He is the author of many books, including The Meaning of Things and Towards the Light: The Story of the Struggles for Liberty in the Modern West, and has been a regular contributor to The Times, Financial Times, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Economist, Literary Review, New Statesman and Prospect. He has been a Booker Prize judge and is a frequent and popular contributor to radio and television programmes, including Newsnight, Today, In Our Time, Start the Week and CNN news.

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ISBN: 9781847061546
ISBN-10: 1847061540
Series: Essays in the Philosophy of Thought
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st June 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1