Truth and Pluralism: Current Debates

Hardcover | January 8, 2013

EditorNikolaj J.L.L. Pedersen, Cory D. Wright

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The notion of truth has become much discussed in philosophy over the last few decade, with many senior figures grappling with the relativist and constructivist notions of truth popular in other parts of the academy. It continues to be a subject enjoying vibrant debate. Despite the varietiesof views on truth, most of the discussion has agreed that truth has a uniform, stable nature, ranging across the boundaries of human knowledge. The editors and contributors to this volume challenge this very basic assumption, putting forth the idea of what is called alethic pluralism - that there is more than one way of being true. While it is uncontroversial that there are different kinds of truth (moral truth, scientific truth etc),these pluralist views propose that truth itself can vary and that bearers of truth can literally be true in different ways. This volume presents new essays by some of the world's leading philosophers to explore this new view and its implications for the philosophy of language, epistemology,metaphysics, and logic.

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The notion of truth has become much discussed in philosophy over the last few decade, with many senior figures grappling with the relativist and constructivist notions of truth popular in other parts of the academy. It continues to be a subject enjoying vibrant debate. Despite the varietiesof views on truth, most of the discussion h...

Nikolaj J. L. L. Pedersen is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Underwood International College, Yonsei University. Cory D. Wright is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Long Beach.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgements1. Nikolaj J. L. L. Pedersen and Cory D. Wright: IntroductionPart I: Varieties of Pluralism2. Michael Lynch: Three Questions for Truth Pluralism3. Marian David: Lynch's Functionalist Theory of Truth4. Pascal Engel: Alethic Functionalism and the Norm of Belief5. Nikolaj J. L. L. Pedersen and Cory D. Wright: Pluralism about Truth as Alethic Disjunctivism6. Douglas E. Edwards: Truth, Winning and Simple Determination Pluralism7. Crispin Wright: A Plurality of PluralismsPart II: Pluralism, Correspondence and Descriptions8. Gila Sher: Forms of Correspondence: The Intricate Route from Thought to Reality9. Robert Barnard and Terence Horgan: The Synthetic Unity of Truth10. Richard Fumerton: Alethic Pluralism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth11. Wolfram Hinzen: Naturalizing Pluralism about Truth12. Dorothy Grover: On Describing the WorldPart III: Pluralism, Deflationism and Paradox13. Simon Blackburn: Deflationism, Pluralism, Expressivism, Pragmatism14. Max K"lbel: Should We Be Pluralists about Truth?15. Julian Dodd: Deflationism Trumps Pluralism!16. J. C. Beall: Deflated Truth Pluralism17. Aaron Cotnoir: Pluralism and Paradox