Realism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth available in Hardcover
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This book is a defense of realism about truth. The author argues that the most plausible version of realism is a correspondence theory of Truth that takes thought as the primary bearer of truth value. Anti-realists about Truth have seemed to argue that one cannot make sense of a world of 'truth-makers' that exists independently of representations of that world. While it may be true that there is no Truth without minds, one still needs the category of representationindependent fact, the author argues, to serve as truth-maker. In embracing this form of realism, the author does not want to deny the critical role that mind, through its representations, plays in structuring the reality that exists independently of those representations. Furthermore, after distinguishing realism about Truth from various sorts of metaphysical realisms, the author suggests that one can embrace much of anti-realist rhetoric from within the framework of a variety of plausible claims about the way in which minds do and must represent the world.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||Studies in Epistemology and Cognitive Theory Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Richard Fumerton is professor of philosophy at the University of Iowa, where he has taught for most of the last 22 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Brown University after completing his undergraduate work at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Metaepistemology and Skepticism, Reason and Morality: A Defense of the Egocentric Perspective and Metaphysical and Epistemological Problems of Perception.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Distinctions Chapter 2 Versions of Alethic Realism Chapter 3 Objections to Realism Chapter 4 The Self-Refutation of Anti-Realisms Chapter 5 The Incoherence of Coherence Theories of Truth Chapter 6 Anti-Realist Insight: Mind-Structured Reality and the Egocentric Perspective