The Concept of Truth
Richard Campbell addresses the contemporary disillusion with truth. He presents a novel conception of truth, by showing how the possibility of error is implicated in the actions of all living things and by analyzing uses of 'true'€such as true friends, true love, and being true to something or someone which have been ignored by philosophers. € This new proposal contrasts starkly with all previous analytic theories, which uncritically assume that truth pertains exclusively to the correctness of what is said. According to this action-based conception, that is a derivative sense. In developing this argument, it proposes a definition of life, arguing that even simple life-forms perform minimal actions, and explores the emergence of representations in their actions. Thereby this conception of truth restores its normative force in a way compatible with the modern awareness of our historical and cultural relativity. It finishes with a critique of sceptical relativism, and shows how truth is rightly regarded as a value.
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