The Nature of Truth: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives / Edition 1

The Nature of Truth: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives / Edition 1

by Michael P. Lynch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262621452

ISBN-13: 9780262621458

Pub. Date: 04/02/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

"What is truth?" has long been the philosophical question par excellence.
The Nature of Truth collects in one volume the twentieth century's most influential philosophical work on the subject. The coverage strikes a balance between classic works and the leading edge of current philosophical research.

The essays center around two questions: Does truth have

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"What is truth?" has long been the philosophical question par excellence.
The Nature of Truth collects in one volume the twentieth century's most influential philosophical work on the subject. The coverage strikes a balance between classic works and the leading edge of current philosophical research.

The essays center around two questions: Does truth have an underlying nature? And if so,
what sort of nature does it have? Thus the book discusses both traditional and deflationary theories of truth, as well as phenomenological, postmodern, and pluralist approaches to the problem. The essays are organized by theory. Each of the seven sections opens with a detailed introduction that not only discusses the essays in that section but relates them to other relevant essays in the book. Eleven of the essays are previously unpublished or substantially revised. The book also includes suggestions for further reading.

Contributors: Linda Martín
Alcoff, William P. Alston, J.L. Austin, Brand Blanshard, Marian David, Donald
Davidson, Michael Devitt, Michael Dummett, Hartry Field, Michel Foucault, Dorothy
Grover, Anil Gupta, Martin Heidegger, Terence Horgan, Jennifer Hornsby, Paul
Horwich, William James, Michael P. Lynch, Charles Sanders Pierce, Hilary Putnam,
W.V.O. Quine, F.P. Ramsey, Richard Rorty, Bertrand Russell, Scott Soames, Ernest
Sosa, P.F. Strawson, Alfred Tarski, Ralph C. Walker, Crispin Wright.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262621458
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/02/2001
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
820
Sales rank:
433,262
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Mystery of Truth1
IRealism and the Correspondence Theory7
1Truth and Falsehood17
2Truth25
3A Realist Conception of Truth41
4Contextual Semantics and Metaphysical Realism: Truth as Indirect Correspondence67
IICoherence Theories97
5Coherence as the Nature of Truth103
6The Coherence Theory123
7The Case for Coherence159
IIIPragmatism and Verificatonism183
8How to Make Our Ideas Clear193
9Pragmatism's Conception of Truth211
10Truth229
11Two Philosophical Perspectives251
12Is Truth a Goal of Inquiry? Donald Davidson versus Crispin Wright259
IVPhenomenological and Postmodernist Conceptions287
13On the Essence of Truth295
14Truth and Power317
VTarski's Theory and Its Importance321
15The Semantic Conception of Truth and the Foundations of Semantics331
16Tarski's Theory of Truth365
17What Is a Theory of Truth?397
VIDeflationary Views and Their Critics419
18The Nature of Truth433
19Truth447
20Truth473
21Correspondence Truth, Disquotational Truth, and Deflationism483
22The Prosentential Theory: Further Reflections on Locating Our Interest in Truth505
23A Critique of Deflationism527
24A Defense of Minimalism559
25The Metaphysics of Truth579
VIIPrimitivism, Identity Theory, and Alethic Pluralism613
26The Folly of Trying to Define Truth623
27Epistemology and Primitive Truth641
28Truth: The Identity Theory663
29Truth as Identity and Truth as Correspondence683
30The Face of Cognition705
31A Functionalist Theory of Truth723
32Minimalism, Deflationism, Pragmatism, Pluralism751
Contributors789
Index793

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