Truth and Realism

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Is truth objective or relative? What exists independently of our minds? This book is about these two questions. The essays in its pages variously defend and critique answers to each, grapple over the proper methodology for addressing them, and wonder whether either question is worth pursuing. In so doing, they carry on a long and esteemed tradition-for our two questions are among the oldest of philosophical issues, and have vexed almost every major philosopher, from Plato, to Kant, to Wittgenstein. Fifteen ...
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Overview

Is truth objective or relative? What exists independently of our minds? This book is about these two questions. The essays in its pages variously defend and critique answers to each, grapple over the proper methodology for addressing them, and wonder whether either question is worth pursuing. In so doing, they carry on a long and esteemed tradition-for our two questions are among the oldest of philosophical issues, and have vexed almost every major philosopher, from Plato, to Kant, to Wittgenstein. Fifteen eminent contributors bring fresh perspectives, renewed energy, and original answers to debates which have been the focus of a tremendous amount of interest in the last three decades within both philosophy and the culture at large.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199288885
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/24/2006
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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University of St Andrews

University of Connecticut

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Table of Contents

Introduction
I. Truth and Relativism
1. What is Relativism?, Paul Boghossian
2. True Relativism, Crispin Wright
3. Modelling the 'Ordinary View', JC Beall
II. Realism and Antirealism
4. Realism. What's Left?, Michael Williams
5. Scientific Realism, Michael Devitt
6. Scientific Realism as an Issue in Semantics, Christopher Gauker
7. Abundant Truth in an Austere World, Terence Horgan and Matjaz Potrc
8. Context, Vagueness, and Ontology, Mark Richard
III. Methodology and the Nature of the Debates
9. Must Do Better, Timothy Williamson
10. A World Without Isms, Paul Horwich
11. Horwich's World, Marian David
12. Intuitions and Truth, Ernest Sosa
13. Trusting Intuitions, Michael P. Lynch
14. Truth and Realism: Remarks at St Andrews, Richard Rorty

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