Aiming At Truth

Hardcover | November 28, 2006

byN. Unwin

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The author argues that is not obvious what it means for our beliefs and assertions to be "truth-directed", and that we need to weaken our ordinary notion of a belief if we are to deal with radical scepticism without surrendering to idealism. Topics examined also include whether there could be alien conceptual schemes and what might happen to us if we abandoned genuine belief in place of mere pragmatic acceptance. A radically new "ecological" model of knowledge is defended.

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The author argues that is not obvious what it means for our beliefs and assertions to be "truth-directed", and that we need to weaken our ordinary notion of a belief if we are to deal with radical scepticism without surrendering to idealism. Topics examined also include whether there could be alien conceptual schemes and what might hap...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:November 28, 2006Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230506836

ISBN - 13:9780230506831

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Truth and the Norms of Assertion * Scepticism--and How Not to Avoid It * Cognitive Contingency * Belief and Acceptance * Belief and Knowledge * Pragmatism and the Value of Truth * Relativism and the Limits of Conversability * Mind, World and Realism * Bibliography * Index