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Truth in Context: An Essay on Pluralism and Objectivity

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Overview

Academic debates about pluralism and truth have become increasingly polarized in recent years. One side embraces extreme relativism, deeming any talk of objective truth as philosophically naive. The opposition, frequently arguing that any sort of relativism leads to nihilism, insists on an objective notion of truth according to which there is only one true story of the world. Both sides agree that there is no middle path.

In Truth in Context, Michael Lynch argues that there is a middle path, one where metaphysical pluralism is consistent with a robust realism about truth. Drawing on the work of Hilary Putnam, W. V. O. Quine, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, among others, Lynch develops an original version of metaphysical pluralism that he calls relativistic Kantianism. He argues that facts and propositions can be taken as relative without this entailing that our ordinary concept of truth is a relative, epistemic, or "soft" concept. The truths may be relative, but our concept of truth need not be.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262621557
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Preface
Introduction 1
1 The Faces of Pluralism 9
2 Understanding Conceptual Schemes 31
3 Extending Our Worldview 55
4 The Nature of Existence 77
5 The Currents of Truth 101
6 The True and the Real 141
Notes 159
References 169
Index 177
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