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Truth and the Absence of Fact 1st Edition

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Even the reader who is largely unsympathetic to Field's larger philosophical projects will almost invariably find his discussion of particular issues suggestive. Since the range of issues addressed is so extensive, this volume will be required reading for a large segment of the philosophical community. The Philosophical Review

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Hartry Field is Professor of Philosophy at New York University. He is author of Science Without Numbers (198? ), which won the Lakatos/Matchette Prize, and Realism, Mathematics, and Modality (199? ).
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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press; 1 edition (July 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199242895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199242894
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.9 x 5.9 inches
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This is a collection of Hartry Field's papers, and it contains every substantial thing he has written from the classical papers on Tarski's theory of truth and on mental representations to the late papers on the deflationary theory of truth - some of the papers appear here in revised versions. In addition, Field has written new comments on some of the papers, and - apart from giving helpful and updated clarifications - these comments shows clearly in which direction his thinking is heading at present.
For anyone who is interested in contemporary philosophy and the latest development in truth theory, this is a must read. But don't worry; it is enjoyable stuff, especially if you appreciate Field's slightly arrogant and relaxed style.
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This volume reprints a dozen of Field's papers, most with substantial postscripts, and adds one previously unpublished essay -- a most original one on a priori knowledge. The bulk of the material is on topics in philosophy of language (truth and indeterminacy), but there are also two papers on philosophy of mathematics written after the appearance of Field's 1989 collection on that subject ("Realism, Mathematics, and Modality"). As to the substance of Field's contributions, the range is quite wide but in every respect penetrating, even when his arguments are highly disagreeable. As to the style of Field's writing, it well exhibits to this reviewer the first of the two virtues that one looks for in philosophical prose: namely, clarity and conciseness.

Field is one of the most interesting American philosophers of the late 20th century; this book is doubtlessly sufficient evidence for that proposition.
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