Truth Matters: Knowledge, Politics, Ethics, Religion

Truth Matters: Knowledge, Politics, Ethics, Religion

by Lambert Zuidervaart, Allyson Carr, Matthew J. Klassen, Ronnie Shuker
     
 


Why should we seek and tell the truth? Does anyone know what truth is? Many are skeptical about the relevance of truth. Truth Matters endeavours to show why truth is important in a world where the very idea of truth is contested. Putting philosophers in conversation with educators, literary scholars, physicists, political theorists, and theologians, Truth Matters…  See more details below

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Why should we seek and tell the truth? Does anyone know what truth is? Many are skeptical about the relevance of truth. Truth Matters endeavours to show why truth is important in a world where the very idea of truth is contested. Putting philosophers in conversation with educators, literary scholars, physicists, political theorists, and theologians, Truth Matters ranges across both analytic and continental philosophy and draws on the ideas of thinkers such as Aquinas, Balthasar, Brandom, Davidson, Dooyeweerd, Gadamer, Habermas, Kierkegaard, Plantinga, Ricoeur, and Wolterstorff. Some essays attempt to provide a systematic account of truth, while others wrestle with the question of how truth is told and what it means to live truthfully. Contributors address debates between realists and anti-realists, explore issues surrounding relativism and constructivism in education and the social sciences, examine the politics of truth telling and the ethics of authenticity, and consider various religious perspectives on truth. Most scholars agree that truth is propositional, being expressed in statements that are subject to proof or disproof. This book goes a step farther: yes, propositional truth is important, but truth is more than propositional. To recognize how it is more than propositional is crucial for understanding why truth truly matters. Contributors include Doug Blomberg (ICS), Allyson Carr (ICS), Jeffrey Dudiak (King’s University College), Olaf Ellefson (York University), Gerrit Glas (VU University Amsterdam), Gill K. Goulding (Regis College), Jay Gupta (Mills College), Clarence Joldersma (Calvin College), Matthew J. Klaassen (ICS), John Jung Park (Duke University), Pamela J. Reeve (St. Augustine’s Seminary), Amy Richards (World Affairs Council of Western Michigan), Calvin Seerveld (ICS), Ronnie Shuker (ICS), Adam Smith (Brandeis University), John Van Rys (Redeemer University College), Darren Walhof (Grand Valley State University), Matthew Walhout (Calvin College), and Lambert Zuidervaart (ICS).

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“The scope of these essays, taken collectively, is impressively capacious. To find a wide-ranging collection of such uniform excellence, invariably informative and insightful, is unprecedented in my experience. The book is absolutely outstanding.” Edward F. Mooney, professor of religion and philosophy, Syracuse University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773542709
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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“The scope of these essays, taken collectively, is impressively capacious. To find a wide-ranging collection of such uniform excellence, invariably informative and insightful, is unprecedented in my experience. The book is absolutely outstanding.” Edward F. Mooney, professor of religion and philosophy, Syracuse University

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Lambert Zuidervaart is professor of philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies and the University of Toronto. Allyson Carr is associate director of the Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics at the Institute for Christian Studies. Mat

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