From a Deflationary Point of View

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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 versus 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 of obvious mistakes, the interpolation of clarifying material, and the inclusion of new footnotes to indicate Horwich's subsequent directions of thought.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199251278
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2005
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Essay 1 Three forms of realism (1982) 7
Essay 2 Realism and truth (1996) 32
Essay 3 How to choose between empirically indistinguishable theories (1982) 45
Essay 4 Meaning, use, and truth (1995) 67
Essay 5 On the nature and norms of theoretical commitment (1991) 86
Essay 6 Wittgensteinian Bayesianism (1993) 105
Essay 7 Deflating the direction of time (1993) 128
Essay 8 Gibbard's theory of norms (1993) 135
Essay 9 Science and art (2001) 149
Essay 10 Wittgenstein's meta-philosophical development (2004) 159
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