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Truth and Objectivity Paperback – January 31, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0674910874 ISBN-10: 0674910877 Edition: Reprint
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Truth and Objectivity is a strikingly resourceful and serious book, imbued with respect for the difficulty of philosophical problems and a readiness to probe them with all the conceptual instruments of contemporary analytic philosophy. (timothy Williamson International Journal of Philosophical Studies)

A milestone in the discussion of realism (Jim Edwards Mind)

Besides its thorough and subtle examination of [the] multiple criteria of realism, the merit of Truth and Objectivity is to have shown how the naive picture of 'objective facts' fragments under scrutiny, to the point that it becomes unclear that we should continue to speak of realism and anti-realism within a domain as if they were definitive positions. (Paul Horwich Times Literary Supplement)

Full of interesting ideas and challenging arguments, (Frank Jackson Philosophical Books)

About the Author

Crispin Wright is Leverhulme Research Professor and Bishop Wardlaw Professor at the University of St. Andrews and is Global Distinguished Professor at New York University.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; Reprint edition (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674910877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674910874
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,828,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Flounder on November 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
'Wright writes' in obscure prose sometimes--a graduate of the Dummett school of philosophical prose writing--but this is a fairly good book.
Wright engages various types of realism (moral, scientific...), and most notably, realism in truth--especially deflationary accounts--
Chapter One: On Deflationism. His own view will be 'minimalist' truth.
Chapter Two: Minimal Truth and Internal Realism
Chapter Three: Convergence and Cognitive Command: The Euthyphro Contrast (this is a highly valuable chapter, and encouraged reading for anyone interested in color, and/or various non-cognitivism views
Chapter Four: Realism and the Best Explanation (good for Wiggins fans)
Chapter Six: Quietism (discussion on W's On Certainty/McDowell/Kripke's W)
I also recommend the classic literature on truth: Dummett, Stroud, Putnam, Davidson, Horwich, Wright, Burge, etc.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2000
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Wright is well-known for his turgid prose, but this should not prevent people from reading this book. The primary aim of the book is modest: to characterise the debate between realists and anti-realists in any meta-discipline (meta-ethics and philosophy of mathematics provide most of the examples). En route to this end, Wright makes some valuable contributions to several debates in philosophy: he argues, for instance, against deflationary conceptions of truth, and develops a pragmatist or 'minimalist' conception of truth instead. He also includes some subtle and complex arguments against quietism and content scepticism.
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