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ISBN10: 0801431875 ISBN13: 9780801431876 DDC: 121 LCC: BD171 Edition: (cloth : alk. paper)


One of the most important Anglo-American philosophers of our time here joins the current philosophical debate about the nature of truth with a work likely to claim a place at the very center of the contemporary philosophical literature on the subject. William P. Alston formulates and defends a realist conception of truth, which he calls alethic realism (from "aletheia," Greek for "truth"). This idea holds that the truth value of a statement (belief or proposition) depends on whether what the statement is about is as the statement says it is. Although this concept may seem quite obvious, Alston says, many thinkers hold views incompatible with it - and much of his book is devoted to a powerful critique of those views. Michael Dummett and Hilary Putnam are two of the prominent and widely influential contemporary philosophers whose anti-realist ideas he attacks. Alston discusses different realist accounts of truth, examining what they do and do not imply. He distinguishes his version, which he characterizes as "minimalist," from various "deflationary" accounts, all of which deny that asserting the truth of a proposition attributes a property of truth to it. He also examines alethic realism in relation to a variety of metaphysical realisms. Finally, Alston argues for the importance - theoretical and practical - of assessing the truth value of statements, beliefs, and propositions.


Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-268) and index. 1. Alethic Realism -- 2. Alethic Realism and Metaphysical Realism -- 3. An Epistemological Objection to Alethic Realism -- 4. Dummett's Verificationist Alternative to Alethic Realism -- 5. Putnam's Model-Theoretic Argument -- 6. Putnam on "Conceptual Relativity" -- 7. Epistemic Conceptions of Truth -- 8. Doing without Truth.


  • LCC: BD171
  • Dewey Decimal: 121

Book Details

  • Language: eng
  • Physical Description: xii, 274 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Edition Info: (cloth : alk. paper)


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