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Truth : Oxford Readings in Philosophy - Simon Blackburn


Oxford Readings in Philosophy

By: Simon Blackburn (Editor), Keith Simmons (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9780198752509
Number Of Pages: 412

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The aim of the series is to bring together important recent writing in major areas of philosophical inquiry, selected from a variety of sources, mostly periodicals, which may not be conveniently available to the university student or the general reader. The editors of each volume contribute an introductory essay on the items chosen and on the questions with which they deal. A selective bibliography is appended as a guide to further reading. This volume is designed to set out some of the central issues in the theory of truth. It begins with writings by F. H. Bradley, William James, Gottlob Frege, and Bertrand Russell, and continues wih the classical discussions from the middle of the century (including Wittgenstein, Quine, and Austin), ending with a selection of contemporary contributions, including essays from Donald Davidson and Richard Rorty. The collection draws together, for the first time, the debates between philosophers who favour 'robust' or 'substantive' theories of truth, and those other, 'deflationist' or minimalists, who deny that such theories can be given. The editors provide a substantial introduction, in which they map out this terrain and locate writers from Frege to Wittgenstein and Davidson within it. They also describe how these debates relate to more technical issues, such as work on the Liar paradox and formal truth theories.

Introduction PART I: BACKGROUND `ROBUST' THEORIES 1: F. H. Bradley: On Truth and Copying 2: H. H. Joachim: The Nature of Truth 3: William James: Pragmatism's Conception of Truth 4: Bertrand Russell: William James's Conception of Truth PART II: EARLY MINIMALIST THEORIES 5: Gottlob Frege: The Thought: A Logical Enquiry 6: F. P. Ramsey: On Facts and Propositions 7: Ludwig Wittgenstein: Philosophical Extracts 8: Alfred Tarski: The Semantic Conception of Truth 9: W. V. Quine: Philosophy of Logic PART III: THE EARLY MODERN DEBATE 10: J. L. Austin: Truth 11: P. F. Strawson: Truth 12: J. L. Austin: Unfair to Facts PART IV: MODERN MINIMALISM AND DOUBTS ABOUT IT 13: Crispin Wright: Truth: A Traditional Debate Reviewed 14: Paul Horwich: The Minimalist Conception of Truth 15: Michael Dummett: Of What Kind of Thing is Truth a Property? 16: Anil Gupta: A Critique of Deflationism 17: Donald Davidson: The Folly of Trying to Define Truth 18: Richard Rorty: Pragmatism, Davidson, and Truth 19: Hartry Field: Deflationist Views of Meaning and Content Notes on the Contributors; Select Bibliography; Index

ISBN: 9780198752509
ISBN-10: 0198752504
Series: Oxford Readings in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.4  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.43