Truth and Realism

Truth and Realism


Edited by Patrick Greenough, Edited by Michael P. Lynch


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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Hardback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 234mm x 20mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 7 August 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199288879
  • ISBN 13: 9780199288878
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

Is truth objective or relative? What exists independently of our minds? This book is about these two questions. The essays in its pages variously defend and critique answers to each, grapple over the proper methodology for addressing them, and wonder whether either question is worth pursuing. In so doing, they carry on a long and esteemed tradition - for our two questions are among the oldest of philosophical issues, and have vexed almost every major philosopher, from Plato, to Kant to Wittgenstein. Fifteen eminent contributors bring fresh perspectives, renewed energy and original answers to debates which have been the focus of a tremendous amount of interest in the last three decades both within philosophy and the culture at large.

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Table of contents

Introduction ; I. TRUTH AND RELATIVISM ; 1. What is Relativism? ; 2. True Relativism ; 3. Modelling the 'Ordinary View' ; II. REALISM AND ANTIREALISM ; 4. Realism. What's Left? ; 5. Scientific Realism ; 6. Scientific Realism as an Issue in Semantics ; 7. Abundant Truth in an Austere World ; 8. Context, Vagueness, and Ontology ; III. METHODOLOGY AND THE NATURE OF THE DEBATES ; 9. Must Do Better ; 10. A World Without Isms ; 11. Horwich's World ; 12. Intuitions and Truth ; 13. Trusting Intuitions ; 14. Truth and Realism: Remarks at St Andrews