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Truth and Realism

Patrick Greenough and Michael P. Lynch


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 contributors bring fresh perspectives, renewed energy and original answers to debates t ... More

Keywords: truth, realism, philosophical issues, Plato, Kant, Wittgenstein, culture, methodology

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199288878
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288878.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Greenough, editor
University of St Andrews
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Michael P. Lynch, editor
University of Connecticut
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Patrick Greenough, and Michael P. Lynch

Part I Truth and Relativism

1 What is Relativism?

Paul Boghossian

Part II Realism and Antirealism

4 Realism: What's Left?

Michael Williams

5 Scientific Realism

Michael Devitt

7 Abundant Truth in an Austere World

Terry Horgan and Matjaž Potrč

Part III Methodology and the Nature of the Debates

9 Must Do Better

Timothy Williamson

11 Horwich's World

Marian David

13 Trusting Intuitions

Michael P. Lynch

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