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Truth and Objectivity Revised ed. Edition

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ISBN-10: 0674910877
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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)

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Philosophy, in seeking after truth, must also grapple with questions about the nature and status of truth itself. Is there, for example, such a thing as fully objective truth, or is our talk of "truth" merely a projection onto the world of what we find acceptable in moral argument, scientific theory, mathematical discourse? Such questions are at the center of Truth and Objectivity, which offers an original perspective on the place of "realism" in philosophical inquiry. Crispin Wright proposes a radically new framework for the discussion of the claims of the realists who think of truth as fully objective and the anti-realists who oppose them - a framework which rejects the classical "deflationary" conception of truth yet allows both realist and antirealist to respect the intuition that judgements whose status they contest, such as those in moral argument and theoretical science, may often justifiably be regarded as true. The real issues that must be resolved if the contest between realist and anti-realist views of a range of judgements is to be properly adjudicated are different, and are here developed in detail from a sharply novel perspective. In addition, Wright offers original critical discussions of many central concerns of philosophers interested in realism, including the "deflationary" conception of truth, internal realist truth, scientific realism and the theoreticity of observation, truth and "correspondence to fact," role of moral states of affairs in explanations of moral beliefs, anti-realism about content, and the "quietism" toward this whole tradition of debate favored by some philosophers of Wittgensteinian sympathies. Wright's proposals are arrestingly original, interesting, and rich in implication. Recasting important questions about truth and objectivity in new and helpful terms, his book will become a focus in the contemporary debates over realism, and will give new impetus to these debates in all areas of philosophy.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; Revised ed. 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: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,640,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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