- Title Pages
- Other volumes of collected essays by Donald Davidson
- Provenance of the Essays and Acknowledgments
- 1 Truth Rehabilitated
- 2 The Folly of Trying to Define Truth
- 3 Method and Metaphysics
- 4 Meaning, Truth, and Evidence
- 5 Pursuit of the Concept of Truth
- 6 What is Quine's View of Truth?
- 7 A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs
- 8 The Social Aspect of Language
- 9 Seeing Through Language
- 10 James Joyce and Humpty Dumpty
- 11 The Third Man
- 12 Locating Literary Language
- 13 Thinking Causes
- 14 Laws and Cause
- 15 Plato's Philosopher
- 16 The Socratic Concept of Truth
- 17 Dialectic and Dialogue
- 18 Gadamer and Plato's Philebus
- 19 Aristotle's Action
- 20 Spinoza's Causal Theory of the Affects
- Appendix: Replies to Rorty, Stroud, McDowell, and Pereda
- Contents List of Volumes of Essays
- Bibliography References
- (p.3) 1 Truth Rehabilitated
- Truth, Language, and History
- Oxford University Press
This essay examines the scepticism about the concept of truth in the past century. It argues that although correspondence, coherence, pragmatic, and epistemic theories of truth are all failures, this does not mean that the concept of truth can be dismissed as a useless concept. In fact, the concept of truth plays a key role in understanding the world and the minds of agents.
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