A Realist Conception of Truth

A Realist Conception of Truth

by William P. Alston
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801484103

ISBN-13: 9780801484100

Pub. Date: 04/28/1997

Publisher: Cornell University Press

One of the most important Anglo-American philosophers of our time here joins the current philosophical debate about the nature of truth. William P. Alston formulates and defends a realist conception of truth, which he calls alethic realism (from "aletheia," Greek for truth). This idea holds that the truth value of a statement (belief or proposition) depends on whether…  See more details below

Overview

One of the most important Anglo-American philosophers of our time here joins the current philosophical debate about the nature of truth. William P. Alston formulates and defends a realist conception of truth, which he calls alethic realism (from "aletheia," Greek for truth). This idea holds that the truth value of a statement (belief or proposition) depends on whether what the statement is about is as the statement says it is. Michael Dummett and Hilary Putnam are two of the prominent and widely influential contemporary philosophers whose anti-realist ideas Alston attacks.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801484100
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Alethic Realism5
2Alethic Realism and Metaphysical Realism65
3An Epistemological Objection to Alethic Realism85
4Dummett's Verificationist Alternative to Alethic Realism103
5Putnam's Model-Theoretic Argument132
6Putnam on "Conceptual Relativity"162
7Epistemic Conceptions of Truth188
8Doing without Truth231
Epilogue262
Bibliography265
Index269

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