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Objectivity and the Parochial

Charles Travis


Thought, to be thought at all, must be about a world independent of us. But thinking takes capacities for thought, which inevitably shape thought's objects. What would count as something being green—so when it would be true that it was—is identified, somehow, by what those who have being green in mind, are prepared to recognize. Which can make it seem that what is true, and what not, is not independent of us. In which case our thought is not really about an independent world—so not really thought at all. Two apparent truisms thus form an apparent paradox. Much philosophy, from Locke to Quine, ... More

Keywords: Frege, Wittgenstein, Putnam, truth, propositions, representation, psychologism

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199596218
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596218.001.0001


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