Truth And Realism

Paperback | June 29, 2006

EditorPatrick Greenough, Michael P. Lynch

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Is truth objective or relative? What exists independently of our minds? This book is about these two questions. The essays in its pages variously defend and critique answers to each, grapple over the proper methodology for addressing them, and wonder whether either question is worth pursuing.In so doing, they carry on a long and esteemed tradition - for our two questions are among the oldest of philosophical issues, and have vexed almost every major philosopher, from Plato, to Kant to Wittgenstein. Fifteen eminent contributors bring fresh perspectives, renewed energy and originalanswers to debates which have been the focus of a tremendous amount of interest in the last three decades both within philosophy and the culture at large.

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Is truth objective or relative? What exists independently of our minds? This book is about these two questions. The essays in its pages variously defend and critique answers to each, grapple over the proper methodology for addressing them, and wonder whether either question is worth pursuing.In so doing, they carry on a long and esteem...

Patrick Greenough is at University of St Andrews. Michael P. Lynch is at University of Connecticut.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.58 inPublished:June 29, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199288887

ISBN - 13:9780199288885

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Truth and Relativism1. Paul Boghossian: What is Relativism?2. Crispin Wright: True Relativism3. JC Beall: Modelling the 'Ordinary View'II. Realism and Antirealism4. Michael Williams: Realism. What's Left?5. Michael Devitt: Scientific Realism6. Christopher Gauker: Scientific Realism as an Issue in Semantics7. Terence Horgan and Matjaz Potrc: Abundant Truth in an Austere World8. Mark Richard: Context, Vagueness, and OntologyIII. Methodology and the Nature of the Debates9. Timothy Williamson: Must Do Better10. Paul Horwich: A World Without Isms11. Marian David: Horwich's World12. Ernest Sosa: Intuitions and Truth13. Michael P. Lynch: Trusting Intuitions14. Richard Rorty: Truth and Realism: Remarks at St Andrews