Truth: Engagements Across Philosophical Traditions / Edition 1

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Setting the stage with a selection of readings from important nineteenth century philosophers, this reader on truth puts in conversation some of the main philosophical figures from the twentieth century in the analytic, continental, and pragmatist traditions.

  • Focuses on the value or normativity of truth through exposing the dialogues between different schools of thought
  • Features philosophical figures from the twentieth century in the analytic, continental, and pragmatist traditions
  • Topics addressed include the normative relation between truth and subjectivity, consensus, art, testimony, power, and critique
  • Includes essays by Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, James, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Wittgenstein, Levinas, Arendt, Foucault, Rorty, Davidson, Habermas, Derrida, and many others
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Editorial Reviews

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“There are no longer two dialogues – analytic and continental. It is all one now, and more complicated than ever. This collection is an indispensable point of entry to the new conversations.” Barry Allen, McMaster University

“It is virtually impossible to imagine a more useful collection of texts on this thorny philosophical topic. There is no pretense that herein lies the truth about truth, but there is the realization of a set of complex issues illuminated from radically diverse, yet often surprisingly overlapping, perspectives.” Vincent Colapietro, Pennsylvania State University

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Meet the Author

José Medina is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He is author of Speaking from Elsewhere: A New Contextualist Perspective on Meaning, Identity, and Discursive Agency (2005) and The Unity of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy (2002).

David Wood is Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, and Honorary Professor at the University of Warwick. His previous books include The Step Back: Ethics and Politics after Deconstruction (2005), Thinking After Heidegger (Blackwell, 2002), The Deconstruction of Time (2001), Derrida: A Critical Reader (Blackwell, 1992), and Philosophy at the Limit (1990).

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Table of Contents

General introduction 1
1 On truth and lies in a nonmoral sense 14
From The will to power 24
From Beyond good and evil 24
From Twilight of the idols 25
2 Pragmatism's conception of truth 26
3 Truth, subjectivity and communication 48
4 Remarks on truth 61
From On certainty 61
From Culture and value 68
5 Truth and meaning 69
6 The face of cognition 80
7 Representation, social practice, and truth 99
8 Richard Rorty's pragmatic turn 109
9 Towards rehabilitating objectivity 130
10 Notes on relativism 146
11 The truth of hermeneutics 168
From "The decline of the subject and the problem of testimony" 181
12 Relativism and cultural relativity 182
13 Perception and truth 197
From "An unpublished text" 197
From "Cezanne's doubt" 203
From "Reflection and interrogation" 205
14 The end of the book and the beginning of writing 207
15 Self-evidence and truth 235
"Relativism in an extended sense" 242
16 On the essence of truth 243
From "The origin of the work of art" 258
17 Truth of disclosure and truth of testimony 261
18 Word giving, word taking 271
19 Truth and politics 295
20 The discourse on language 315
From "Truth and power" 333
21 Reclaiming truth 336
22 Selections
From For they know not what they do 359
From Bodies that matter 359
From "The power of discourse and the subordination of the feminine" 360
From "Veiled lips" 361
From "The precession of the simulacra" 361
From Cinema 2 : the time-image 363
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