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Theories of Truth

ISBN: 978-0-631-22216-3
336 pages
November 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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The classic and contemporary readings in this collection represent the four most influential theories of truth – correspondence, pragmatist, coherence, and deflationary theories.

  • A collection of classic and contemporary philosophical reflections on the nature of truth.
  • Opens with an introduction to theories of truth, designed for readers with little or no prior knowledge of the subject.
  • Divided into four sections on the most important theories of truth - correspondence, pragmatist, coherence, and deflationary theories.
  • Brings together articles in the recent debate over the correspondence theory and deflationism that are not otherwise available in one place.
  • Includes contributions by C.S. Peirce, William James, Bertrand Russell, Alfred Tarski, Hartry Field, Dorothy Grover, Anil Gupta and others.
  • Concludes with an extensive bibliography of recent articles on truth.
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Acknowledgements.

Truth: An Introduction: Frederick F. Schmitt.

Part I: Pragmatist Theories of Truth:.

1. How To Make Our Ideas Clear: Charles Sanders Peirce.

2. Pragmatism’s Conception of Truth: William James.

Part II: Coherence Theories of Truth:.

3. On the Nature of Truth: Bertrand Russell.

4. In Defense of the Coherence Theory of Truth: Francis Dauer.

Part III: Correspondence Theories of Truth:.

5. The Semantic Conception of Truth and the Foundations of Semantics: Alfred Tarski.

6. Tarski’s Theory of Truth: Hartry Field.

7. Truth and Language-World Connections: Dorothy Grover.

8. The Explanatory Role of Correspondence Truth: Philip Kitcher.

Part IV: Deflationary Theories of Truth:.

9. A Prosentential Theory of Truth: Dorothy L. Grover, Joseph L. Camp, Jr. and Nuel D. Belnap, Jr.

10. Deflationist Views of Meaning and Content: Hartry Field.

11. Minimalism: Anil Gupta.

Truth: A Bibliography: Kevin Kimble and Frederick F. Schmitt.

Index.

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Frederick F. Schmitt is Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University. He is the author of Knowledge and Belief (1992), Truth: A Primer (1995), and the editor of Socializing Epistemology (1994) and Socializing Metaphysics (2003).
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  • A collection of classic and contemporary philosophical reflections on the nature of truth.

  • Opens with an introduction to theories of truth, designed for readers with little or no prior knowledge of the subject.

  • Divided into four sections on the most important theories of truth - correspondence, pragmatist, coherence, and deflationary theories.

  • Brings together articles in the recent debate over the correspondence theory and deflationism that are not otherwise available in one place.

  • Includes contributions by C.S. Peirce, William James, Bertrand Russell, Alfred Tarski, Hartry Field, Dorothy Grover, Anil Gupta and others.

  • Concludes with an extensive bibliography of recent articles on truth.
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"Theories of Truth contains a judicious set of readings representing the core positions in the field together with a critical introduction that is comprehensive, balanced, and penetrating. This will be an enormously useful reader." Alvin I. Goldman, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey <!--end-->
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