In Defense of Truth: A Pluralistic Approach / Edition 1

In Defense of Truth: A Pluralistic Approach / Edition 1

by Goodman, Lenn Evan Goodman, Lenn Evan
     
 

ISBN-10: 1573929085

ISBN-13: 9781573929080

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Prometheus Books

This wide-ranging philosophical exploration defends the idea of Truth (with a capital "T") against the claims of skeptics, relativists, postmodernists, and other nay-sayers. Philosopher Lenn E. Goodman builds a broad and pluralistic account that makes room for scientific, moral, religious, and artistic truth, and makes sense of mythic discourse, poetry, and fiction

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This wide-ranging philosophical exploration defends the idea of Truth (with a capital "T") against the claims of skeptics, relativists, postmodernists, and other nay-sayers. Philosopher Lenn E. Goodman builds a broad and pluralistic account that makes room for scientific, moral, religious, and artistic truth, and makes sense of mythic discourse, poetry, and fiction, without the patronizing expedient of relegating each human idiom to some separate world or the authoritarian expedient of assigning each branch of inquiry to its own dogmatic priesthood.

Goodman's catholic rationalism is open to all aspects of experience. Yet his wide sympathy for literature, the arts, and diverse religious traditions does not lead him to an indiscriminate endorsement of all comers. He is always ready to criticize wishful thinking and superstition on substantive grounds. Goodman's commitment to reason, broadly construed, allows him to steer a steady course well clear of both romantic and mechanistic extremes.

Drawing on a wide and easy acquaintance with the great figures of the philosophical tradition, from the Presocratic naturalists and the ancient Indian and Confucian thinkers to Plato, Aristotle, the Epicureans, Pyrrhonists, Stoics, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic philosophers, moderns, and our own contemporaries, Goodman is always synthetic, challenging, engaging, and accessible. His vivid imagery, forceful rhetoric, lyrical passages, and glints of ironic humor make his writing an exciting excursion without a trace of scholastic aridity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573929080
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
375
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Short Titles11
Preface13
1Skepticism and Logic27
1Agrippa's Modes28
2Is Reasoning Impossible?29
3Formality and Informality34
4The Problematic and the Unproblematic41
2Objects and Appearances52
1Phenomenalism Pure and not so Simple53
2The Dialectic of Phenomenalism56
3The Failure of Parsimony69
4Outcomes of Phenomenalism77
3Relativism89
1The Theory Dependence of Observations95
2Sealed Paradigms100
3Incommensurability103
4Natural Paradigms107
5Inscrutability113
6Ontological Relativity117
4Context132
1In behalf of Context135
2Relativism or Pluralism?153
3A Contextualist Dilemma?169
4The Prince and the Princess172
5Induction and Reality179
1Induction: The Problem182
2Rethinking Induction189
3Reaching for Reality - and Getting There203
4Induction and Justification210
6Creativity and Discovery229
1Creativity, Mystery, and Chance232
2The Logic and Dynamic of Creativity240
3What Makes for Creativity249
4Creative Fictions in the Arts and Sciences264
7Truth in Art282
1Communicating, with or without Propositions292
2Is Artistic Truth (as Such) Banal?304
3Showing, with or without Argument321
8Myth and Truth337
1Dream Logic339
2Myth and Determinism353
3Mentalities?363
9Moral Religious and Hypostatic Truth382
1Hypostatic Truth383
2Transcendentalist?394
3Moral and Religious Truth397
4Living the Truth403
Bibliography413
Index417

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