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Truth as One and Many

Michael P. Lynch


What is truth? This book defends a new answer to this question. Traditional theories of truth hold that truth has only a single uniform nature. All truths are true in the same way. More recent deflationary theories claim that truth has no nature at all. This book rejects both extremes and defends the thesis that truth is a functional property. To understand truth we must understand what it does, its function in our cognitive economy. Once we do that, we'll see that this function can be performed in more than one way. And that in turn opens the door to an appealing pluralism. Beliefs about the ... More

Keywords: theories of truth, realism, pluralism, alethic functionalism, moral truth, deflationism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199218738
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218738.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael P. Lynch, author
University of Connecticut
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