True to Life: Why Truth Matters / Edition 1

True to Life: Why Truth Matters / Edition 1

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by Michael P. Lynch
     
 

Why does truth matter when politicians so easily sidestep it and intellectuals scorn it as irrelevant? Why be concerned over an abstract idea like truth when something that isn't true -- for example, a report of Iraq's attempting to buy materials for nuclear weapons -- gets the desired result: the invasion of
Iraq? In this engaging and spirited book,

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Why does truth matter when politicians so easily sidestep it and intellectuals scorn it as irrelevant? Why be concerned over an abstract idea like truth when something that isn't true -- for example, a report of Iraq's attempting to buy materials for nuclear weapons -- gets the desired result: the invasion of
Iraq? In this engaging and spirited book, Michael Lynch argues that truth does matter, in both our personal and political lives. Lynch explains that the growing cynicism over truth stems in large part from our confusion over what truth is. "We need to think our way past our confusion and shed our cynicism about the value of truth," he writes. "Otherwise, we will be unable to act with integrity, to live authentically, and to speak truth to power."

True to
Life
defends four simple claims: that truth is objective; that it is good to believe what is true; that truth is a goal worthy of inquiry; and that truth can be worth caring about for its own sake, not just because it gets us other things we want. In defense of these "truisms about truth", Lynch diagnoses the sources of our cynicism and argues that many contemporary theories of truth cannot adequately account for its value. He explains why we should care about truth, arguing that truth and its pursuit are part of living a happy life, important in our personal relationships and for our political values.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262622011
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/15/2005
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Pt. ICynical myths7
1Truisms about truth9
2Is the truth unattainable?21
3Is truth relative?31
4The truth hurts45
Pt. IIFalse theories59
5Truth as a means to an end61
6Truth and the scientific image75
7Truth as fiction101
Pt. IIIWhy truth matters117
8Truth and happiness119
9Sweet lies147
10Truth and liberal democracy159

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