Truth As One And Many

Paperback | April 30, 2011

byMichael P. Lynch

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What is truth? Michael Lynch defends a bold new answer to this question. Traditional theories of truth hold that truth has only a single uniform nature. All truths are true in the same way. More recent deflationary theories claim that truth has no nature at all; the concept of truth is of noreal philosophical importance. In this concise and clearly written book, Lynch argues that we should reject both these extremes and hold that truth is a functional property. To understand truth we must understand what it does, its function in our cognitive economy. Once we understand that, we'll see that this function can beperformed in more than one way. And that in turn opens the door to an appealing pluralism: beliefs about the concrete physical world needn't be true in the same way as our thoughts about matters - like morality - where the human stain is deepest.

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What is truth? Michael Lynch defends a bold new answer to this question. Traditional theories of truth hold that truth has only a single uniform nature. All truths are true in the same way. More recent deflationary theories claim that truth has no nature at all; the concept of truth is of noreal philosophical importance. In this concis...

Michael P. Lynch is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:April 30, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199596301

ISBN - 13:9780199596300

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Truisms2. Truth as One3. Truth as Many4. Truth as One and Many5. Deflationism and Explanation6. Expanding the view: Semantic Functionalism7. Truth and the Moral Fabric

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"A valiant attempt to synthesize the most compelling features of the range of views on truth. It brings exciting new life to the enterprise, and should be required for anyone with even a passing interest in the metaphysical issues." --Stewart Shapiro, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 15/09/09