The Taming of the True

Paperback | February 1, 2002

byNeil Tennant

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The Taming of the True poses a broad challenge to the realist views of meaning and truth that have been prominent in recent philosophy. Neil Tennant starts with a careful critical survey of the realism debate, guiding the reader through its complexities; he then presents a sustained defenceof the anti-realist view that every truth is knowable in principle, and that grasp of meaning must be able to be made manifest. Sceptical arguments for the indeterminacy or non-factuality of meaning are countered; and the much-maligned notion of analyticity is reinvestigated and rehabilitated.Tennant goes on to show that an effective logical system can be based on his anti-realist view; the logical system that he advocates is justified as a body of analytic truths and inferential principles.Having laid the foundations for global semantic anti-realism, Tennant moves to the world of empirical understanding, and gives an account of the cognitive credentials of natural scientific discourse. He shows that the same canon of constructive and relevant inference suffices both forintuitionistic mathematics and for empirical science.This is an ambitious and contentious book which aims to reform not only theory of meaning, but our deductive practices across a broad range of discourses.

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The Taming of the True poses a broad challenge to the realist views of meaning and truth that have been prominent in recent philosophy. Neil Tennant starts with a careful critical survey of the realism debate, guiding the reader through its complexities; he then presents a sustained defenceof the anti-realist view that every truth is ...

Neil Tennant is Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Cognitive Science at Ohio State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:484 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:February 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199251606

ISBN - 13:9780199251605

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Table of Contents

1:. Introduction2:. The Realism Debate3:. Irrealism4:. Against Meaning Skepticism5:. Avoiding Strict Finitism6:. Meaning as Graspable7:. Truth as Knowable8:. Analyticity and Syntheticity9:. Finding the Right Logic10:. Cognitive Significance Regained11:. Defeasibility and Constructive Falsifiability

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`This is a bold book, perhaps even a brave book as among its aims are the reinstatement of such unfashionable notions as the analytic-synthetic distinction and a criterion of cognitive significance. A bold book, a broad book in scope, and certainly a good book... There is...much that is goodin this book and much that is thought provoking. Anyone interested in the realist/anti-realist controversy, whichever side she takes, should read it, for it presents the most sophisticated defence of moderate anti-realism to date.'Peter Milne, Mind