On Truth and Meaning: Language, Logic and the Grounds of Belief

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As one of the world's leading and most highly-acclaimed contemporary theorists, Christopher Norris has spent much of the last twenty years trying to promote better relations and mutual understanding between the divisive analytic and continental philosophical traditions. In his new book, On Truth and Meaning, Norris examines key issues in the philosophy of logic, mind and language those that have defined the agenda of current debate in analytic philosophy. Among the book's central themes are a number of ...
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Overview

As one of the world's leading and most highly-acclaimed contemporary theorists, Christopher Norris has spent much of the last twenty years trying to promote better relations and mutual understanding between the divisive analytic and continental philosophical traditions. In his new book, On Truth and Meaning, Norris examines key issues in the philosophy of logic, mind and language those that have defined the agenda of current debate in analytic philosophy. Among the book's central themes are a number of much-rehearsed, but as yet unresolved questions that have preoccupied many leading analytic philosophers. In a fresh and provocative examination of recent debates, Norris shows certain features of the analytic enterprise in a sharp and revealing light, and proposes that those who approach such debates from an analytic viewpoint might profit by reflecting on the challenge posed to their accustomed modes of thought by certain distinctly 'continental' themes. Arguing that, contra to the orthodox view, philosophers in the continental line of descent, from Husserl to Derrida, have long engaged with the same sorts of issues that preoccupy their analytic counterparts, Norris explores both traditions alongside one another in order to point up certain contrasts or communities of interest. In this timely and provocative book, Norris proposes grounds for a new era of cooperation and mutual interrogative exchange between the two schools of thought in a narrative that will engage and influence those from both philosophical camps.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826491282
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/15/2006
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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Christopher Norris is the author of numerous books on aspects of philosophy, critical theory, and modern intellectual history. He is Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy at the University of Cardiff and has taught at many universities in India, Australia, Spain, Germany, Canada, China, the US, and elsewhere.
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Table of Contents

1 Who's afraid of psychologism? : normativity, truth, and epistemic warrant 12
2 Meaning, truth, and causal explanation : the 'human condition' revisited 41
3 Epistemology, language, and the realism debate 75
4 The blank and the die : more dilemmas of post-empiricism 102
5 Ethics, autonomy, and the grounds of belief 130
6 Kripkenstein's monsters : anti-realism, scepticism, and the rule-following debate 155
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