True to Life: Why Truth Matters

True to Life: Why Truth Matters

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By (author) Michael P. Lynch

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  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Format: Hardback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 20mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 5 October 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass.
  • ISBN 10: 0262122677
  • ISBN 13: 9780262122672

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Why does truth matter, when politicians so easily side step it and intellectuals scorn it as irrelevant? Why be concerned over an abstract idea like truth when something that isn't true - for example, a report of Iraq's attempting to buy materials for nuclear weapons - gets the desired result, the invasion of Iraq? In this engaging and spirited book, Michael Lynch argues that truth does matter, in both our personal and political lives. Lynch explains that the growing cynicism over truth stems in large part from our confusion over what truth is. "We need to think our way past our confusion and shed our cynicism about the value of truth," he writes. "Otherwise, we will be unable to act with integrity, to live authentically, and to speak truth to power." Lynch diagnoses the sources of our cynicism and argues that many contemporary theories of truth cannot adequately account for its value. He explains why we should care about truth, arguing that truth and its pursuit are part of living a happy life, important in our personal relationships and for our political values.

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Michael P. Lynch is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of Truth in Context: An Essay on Pluralism and Objectivity (MIT Press, 2001) and the editor of The Nature of Truth: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives (MIT Press, 2001.)

Review quote

"A bracing antidote to the disease of postmodern cynicism that renders truth impossible and leaves us with nothing but wind-blown opinion. It challenges the reader to be 'true to life' because truth matters." - Douglas Groothius, The Denver Post"