From a Deflationary Point of View

Paperback | February 10, 2005

byPaul Horwich

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'Deflationism' has emerged as one of the most significant developments in contemporary philosophy. It is best known as a story about truth - roughly, that the traditional search for its underlying nature is misconceived, since there can be no such thing. However, the scope of deflationismextends well beyond that particular topic. For, in the first place, such a view of truth substantially affects what we should say about neighboring concepts such as 'reality', 'meaning', and 'rationality'. And in the second place, the anti-theoretical meta-philosophy that lies behind that view - theidea that philosophical problems are characteristically based on confusion and should therefore be dissolved rather than solved - may fruitfully be applied throughout the subject, in epistemology, ethics, the philosophy of science, metaphysics, and so on. The essays reprinted here were written over the last twenty five years. They represent Paul Horwich's development of the deflationary perspective and demonstrate its considerable power and fertility. They concern a broad array of philosophical problems: the nature of truth, realism vs.anti-realism, the creation of meaning, epistemic rationality, the conceptual role of "ought", probabilistic models of scientific reasoning, the autonomy of art, the passage of time, and the trajectory of Wittgenstein's philosophy. They appear as originally published except for the correction ofobvious mistakes, the interpolation of clarifying material, and the inclusion of new footnotes to indicate Horwich's subsequent directions of thought.

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'Deflationism' has emerged as one of the most significant developments in contemporary philosophy. It is best known as a story about truth - roughly, that the traditional search for its underlying nature is misconceived, since there can be no such thing. However, the scope of deflationismextends well beyond that particular topic. For, ...

Paul Horwich is at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.44 inPublished:February 10, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Three Forms of Realism (1982)2. Realism and Truth (1996)3. How to Choose between Empirically Indistinguishable Theories (1982)4. Meaning, Use, and Truth (1995)5. The Nature and Norms of Theoretical Commitment (1991)6. Wittgensteinian Bayesianism (1993)7. Deflating the Direction of Time (1993)8. Gibbard's Theory of Norms (1993)9. Science and Art (2001)10. Wittgenstein's Meta-philosophical Development (2004)Index