Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Non-Existence of the Real World$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jan Westerhoff

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198847915

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198847915.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use.date: 20 May 2022

The Non-existence of Foundational Truths

The Non-existence of Foundational Truths

Chapter:
(p.246) 4 The Non-existence of Foundational Truths
Source:
The Non-Existence of the Real World
Author(s):

Jan Westerhoff

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198847915.003.0004

This chapter discusses problems that arise from the assumption that there is a final, ultimately true theory of the world and considers a variety of arguments (connected with the coherence theory of truth, semantic contextualism, and the denial of absolutely general quantification) against it. From this it follows that if there cannot be an ultimately true theory then it also cannot be ultimately true that the world has a non-wellfounded structure. This leaves us with a problem, for it appears as if the theory of the non-existence of the real world we defend in the book as a whole cannot be a final theory either. The chapter closes with a discussion of this final problem, together with some reflections on what the implications of the denial of ultimately true theories are for the ontological or philosophical enterprise more generally.

Keywords:   ultimately true theory, foundational truths, coherence theory, semantic contextualism, absolutely general quantification, meta-philosophy

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .