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Truth and Other Enigmas Hardcover – December, 1978

ISBN-13: 978-0674910751 ISBN-10: 0674910753
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Michael Dummett is Wykeham Professor of Logic Emeritus in the University of Oxford.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (December 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674910753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674910751
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,947,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin E. Murphy on November 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
As is clear from other reviewers, this is a selection of papers by a brilliant philosopher, most of them difficult for a non-specialist. If you want to start reading Dummett, The Seas of Language might be an easier place to start. Within this book, some papers are easier than others; the final essay is a clear presentation of Dummett's ambitiout project, which is to solve metaphysical problems by looking at the nature of language. This project makes sense if Dummett is correct in thinking that the great insight of analytical philosophy was that it is only by understanding the nature of language that we can understand the limits of thought. The papers on backward causation, while difficult, can be read and understood without much previous knowledge of Dummett's works. It was after reading one of these papers, and struggling to make sense of it, that I decided to study Dummett's work in more detail, a decision that I do not regret. Hard work is required, but its worth it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2000
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I agree with the reviewer who places Dummett among the top philosophers of the century; but, if you don't have a hefty background in Anglo-American analytic philosophy (not to mention the works of Gottlob Frege), I recommend that you take a pass on this one. However, if you _are_ an analytic philosopher, and don't own this yet -- then what are you waiting for?
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Some guy you don't know on October 27, 2001
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It always presents a particular problem when books like Dummett's _Truth and Other Enigmas_ get reviewed by someone who is not involved in the field to which the work belongs. In a sense, the earlier reviewer who so despised Dummett's book is right; the average person who picks it up will find it incomprehensible, narrow in its concerns and full of arcane terminology. Of course, the same would be true of some set of texts in any field of study that are geared towards its most devoted and well-read practitioners. Philosophy texts come in for greater scrutiny on this count because many people expect to be part of any philosophical discussion in a way they would not be part of every discussion about fluid dynamics, cytology or Galois theory.
That being said, measuring Dummett's book against the field to which it contributes at the level it is intended, one cannot deny it is a collection of some of the most important works of this half of the century. Dummett is still a difficult read even for those folks, but you'd better have a copy of it if you think about analytic philosophy.
That and it just bugged me to see it have only 3 stars.
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