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Truth and objectivity /
Crispin Wright.
Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 1992.
x, 247 p. ; 24 cm.
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Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 1992.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-05:
Wright approaches problems pertaining to the objective existence of truth through a study of contemporary issues of realism versus antirealism. By a "modest" realism he means the view that the world exists independently of us and by a "presumptuous" realism he means the view that "we are capable of conceiving the world aright." "Antirealism" pertains to any view that denies the claims of realism. Wright distinguishes three antirealist paradigms that occur in Anglo-American mid and late 20th century analytic philosophy, and he critiques them with care and clarity of expression. This work is very technical; and in order to profit from it, a reader needs considerable knowledge of contemporary symbolic logic, analytic philosophy, and realist/antirealist issues. There is an index, and although there is no bibliography, the footnote documentation of the works on which Wright is commenting is sufficient for the person who wishes to do background reading on contemporary analytic work in realism versus antirealism in general or on Wright's arguments and his conclusions. This work provides important contributions to all the aspects of contemporary professional philosophy with which it is concerned. Advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty; professional philosophers. M. C. Rose; emerita, Goucher College
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Table of Contents
Inflating Deflationism
Minimal Truth, Internal Realism and Superassertibility
Convergence and Cognitive Command Appendix: The Euthyphro Contrast
Cognitive Command and the Theoreticity of Observation
Realism and the Best Explanation of Belief
Appendix: On an Argument against the Coherence of Minimalism about Meaning
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