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When Truth Gives Out

Mark Richard

Abstract

Is the point of belief and assertion invariably to think or say something true? Is the truth of a belief or assertion absolute, or is it only relative to human interests? Most philosophers think it incoherent to profess to believe something but not think it true, or to say that some of the things we believe are only relatively true. Common sense disagrees. It sees many opinions, such as those about matters of taste, as neither true nor false; it takes it as obvious that some of the truth is relative. This book argues that when it comes to truth, common sense is right, philosophical orthodoxy w ... More

Keywords: point of belief, assertion, common sense, taste, relative, performative, expressive, semantic, racial slurs, logic and truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199239955
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239955.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Richard, author
Tufts University, Massachusetts
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