Truth and Realism

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Patrick Greenough, Michael Patrick Lynch
Clarendon Press, 2006 - Philosophy - 253 pages
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 eminent contributors bring fresh perspectives, renewed energy and originalanswers to debates which have been the focus of a tremendous amount of interest in the last three decades both within philosophy and the culture at large.
 

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Contents

What is Relativism?
13
Intuitionism Realism Relativism and Rhubarb
38
Modelling the Ordinary View
61
Whats Left?
77
Scientific Realism
100
Scientific Realism as an Issue in Semantics
125
Abundant Truth in an Austere World
137
Context Vagueness and Ontology
162
Must Do Better
177
A World without Isms
188
Horwichs World
203
Intuitions and Truth
208
Trusting Intuitions
227
Index
249
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Patrick Greenough is at University of St Andrews. Michael P. Lynch is at University of Connecticut.

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