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Hard Truths

ISBN: 978-1-4051-8815-9
312 pages
April 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Hard Truths is a groundbreaking new work in which noted philosopher Elijah Millgram advances a new approach to truth and its role in our day-to-day reasoning.
  • Takes up the hard truths of real reasoning and draws out their implications for logic and metaphysics
  • Introduces and takes issue with prevailing views of the purpose of truth and the way we reason, including deflationism about truth, possible worlds treatments of modality, and antipsychologism in philosophy of logic
  • Develops philosophically ambitious ideas in a style accessible to non-specialists
  • Will make us rethink the place of metaphysics in our daily lives
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Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

Part I: Motivation

2. The Truth in Bivalence

3. Deflating Deflationism

Part II: Arguments

4. How to Find Your Match

5. Unity of the Intellect

6. How Can We Think about Partial Truth?

Part III: The Competition

7. Logics of Vagueness

Part IV: Applications

8. The Quinean Turn

9. The Davidsonian Swerve

10. The Lewis Twist: Mind Over Matter

11. The Bare Necessities

12. Conclusion: Metaphysics as Intellectual Ergonomics

Appendix: Was There Anything Wrong with Psychologism?

Notes

References

Index

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Elijah Millgram is E. E. Ericksen Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utah. He is the editor of Varieties of Practical Reasoning, and author of Practical Induction and Ethics Done Right. A former fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Millgram's research is focused on theory of rationality.
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  • Takes up the hard truths of real reasoning and draws out their implications for logic and metaphysics
  • Introduces and takes issue with prevailing views of the purpose of truth and the way we reason, including deflationism about truth, possible worlds treatments of modality, and antipsychologism in philosophy of logic
  • Develops philosophically ambitious ideas in a style accessible to non-specialists
  • Will make us rethink the place of metaphysics in our daily lives
See More
"Everyone with a serious interest in philosophy should confront the implications of this work. It will appeal to all who are willing to face hard truths about reasoning." (CHOICE, December 2009)

"Millgram's book presents entirely different and original arguments … .Ambitious in a way that few philosophy books are anymore … .Provocative [and] inspiring." (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, November 2009)

"Hard Truths focuses upon the fact that coming by such verities is quite difficult and that we must cobble by with far less in our everyday life. Milgram's innovative book challenges us to face this dilemma squarely."
Mark Wilson, Univeristy of Pittsburgh

A fine book: ambitious, provocative, and engaging. It is fresh and fundamental in its advocacy of partial truth. Metaphysicians should read Millgram's book -- nervously yet excitedly.
Stephen Hetherington, University of New South Wales

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