Truth and Pluralism Current Debates

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  • Copyright: 2013-01-29
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The notion of truth has become much discussed in philosophy over the last few decade, with many senior figures grappling with the relativist and constructivist notions of truth popular in other parts of the academy. It continues to be a subject enjoying vibrant debate. Despite the varieties of views on truth, most of the discussion has agreed that truth has a uniform, stable nature, ranging across the boundaries of human knowledge. The editors and contributors to this volume challenge this very basic assumption, putting forth the idea of what is called alethic pluralism -- that there is more than one way of being true. While it is uncontroversial that there are different kinds of truth (moral truth, scientific truth etc), these pluralist views propose that truth itself can vary and that bearers of truth can literally be true in different ways. This volume presents new essays by some of the world's leading philosophers to explore this new view and its implications for the philosophy of language, epistemology, metaphysics, and logic.

Author Biography

Nikolaj J. L. L. Pedersen is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Underwood International College, Yonsei University.

Cory D. Wright is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Long Beach.

Table of Contents

Varieties of Pluralism
Three Questions for Truth Pluralism
Lynch's Functionalist Theory of Truth
Alethic Functionalism and the Norm of Belief
Pluralism about Truth as Alethic Disjunctivism
Truth, Winning and Simple Determination Pluralism
A Plurality of Pluralisms
Pluralism, Correspondence and Descriptions
Forms of Correspondence: The Intricate Route from Thought to Reality
The Synthetic Unity of Truth
Alethic Pluralism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth
Naturalizing Pluralism about Truth
On Describing the World
Pluralism, Deflationism and Paradox
Deflationism, Pluralism, Expressivism, Pragmatism
Should We Be Pluralists about Truth?
Deflationism Trumps Pluralism!
Deflated Truth Pluralism
Pluralism and Paradox
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