The Nature of Truth
Classic and Contemporary Perspectives
Edited by Michael P. Lynch
"What is truth?" has long been the philosophical question par excellence. The Nature of Truth
collects in one volume the twentieth century's most influential
philosophical work on the subject. The coverage strikes a balance
between classic works and the leading edge of current philosophical
The essays center around two questions: Does truth have an underlying
nature? And if so, what sort of nature does it have? Thus the book
discusses both traditional and deflationary theories of truth, as well
as phenomenological, postmodern, and pluralist approaches to the
problem. The essays are organized by theory. Each of the seven sections
opens with a detailed introduction that not only discusses the essays
in that section but relates them to other relevant essays in the book.
Eleven of the essays are previously unpublished or substantially
revised. The book also includes suggestions for further reading.
Linda Martín Alcoff, William P. Alston, J. L. Austin, Brand Blanshard,
Marian David, Donald Davidson, Michael Devitt, Michael Dummett, Hartry
Field, Michel Foucault, Dorothy Grover, Anil Gupta, Martin Heidegger,
Terence Horgan, Jennifer Hornsby, Paul Horwich, William James, Michael
P. Lynch, Charles Sanders Pierce, Hilary Putnam, W. V. O. Quine, F. P.
Ramsey, Richard Rorty, Bertrand Russell, Scott Soames, Ernest Sosa, P.
F. Strawson, Alfred Tarski, Ralph C. Walker, Crispin Wright.
Michael P. Lynch is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut.
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