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Truth as One and Many
     

Truth as One and Many

by Michael P. Lynch
 

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What is truth? Michael Lynch defends a bold new answer to this question. Traditional theories of truth hold that truth has only a single uniform nature. All truths are true in the same way. More recent deflationary theories claim that truth has no nature at all; the concept of truth is of no real philosophical importance. In this exciting and clearly written book,

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What is truth? Michael Lynch defends a bold new answer to this question. Traditional theories of truth hold that truth has only a single uniform nature. All truths are true in the same way. More recent deflationary theories claim that truth has no nature at all; the concept of truth is of no real philosophical importance. In this exciting and clearly written book, Lynch argues that we should reject both these extremes and hold that truth is a functional property. To understand truth we must understand what it does, its function in our cognitive economy. Once we understand that, we'll see that this function can be performed in more than one way. And that in turn opens the door to an appealing pluralism: beliefs about the concrete physical world needn't be true in the same way as our thoughts about matters - like morality - where the human stain is deepest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199596300
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/08/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
1,021,599
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Michael P. Lynch is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

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