The Nature of Truth: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives

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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 ...

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Overview

"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 Eleven of the essays are previously unpublished or substantially revised.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: 9780262122399
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Pages: 820
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael P. Lynch is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut and the author ofTruth in Context: An Essay on Pluralism and Objectivity and True toLife: Why Truth Matters, both published by the MIT Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Mystery of Truth 1
I Realism and the Correspondence Theory 7
1 Truth and Falsehood 17
2 Truth 25
3 A Realist Conception of Truth 41
4 Contextual Semantics and Metaphysical Realism: Truth as Indirect Correspondence 67
II Coherence Theories 97
5 Coherence as the Nature of Truth 103
6 The Coherence Theory 123
7 The Case for Coherence 159
III Pragmatism and Verificatonism 183
8 How to Make Our Ideas Clear 193
9 Pragmatism's Conception of Truth 211
10 Truth 229
11 Two Philosophical Perspectives 251
12 Is Truth a Goal of Inquiry? Donald Davidson versus Crispin Wright 259
IV Phenomenological and Postmodernist Conceptions 287
13 On the Essence of Truth 295
14 Truth and Power 317
V Tarski's Theory and Its Importance 321
15 The Semantic Conception of Truth and the Foundations of Semantics 331
16 Tarski's Theory of Truth 365
17 What Is a Theory of Truth? 397
VI Deflationary Views and Their Critics 419
18 The Nature of Truth 433
19 Truth 447
20 Truth 473
21 Correspondence Truth, Disquotational Truth, and Deflationism 483
22 The Prosentential Theory: Further Reflections on Locating Our Interest in Truth 505
23 A Critique of Deflationism 527
24 A Defense of Minimalism 559
25 The Metaphysics of Truth 579
VII Primitivism, Identity Theory, and Alethic Pluralism 613
26 The Folly of Trying to Define Truth 623
27 Epistemology and Primitive Truth 641
28 Truth: The Identity Theory 663
29 Truth as Identity and Truth as Correspondence 683
30 The Face of Cognition 705
31 A Functionalist Theory of Truth 723
32 Minimalism, Deflationism, Pragmatism, Pluralism 751
Contributors 789
Index 793
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