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Facing Facts

Stephen Neale


This book is an original examination of attempts to dislodge a cornerstone of modern philosophy: the idea that our thoughts and utterances are representations of slices of reality. Representations that are accurate are usually said to be true, to correspond to the facts—this is the foundation of correspondence theories of truth. A number of prominent philosophers have tried to undermine the idea that propositions, facts, and correspondence can play any useful role in philosophy, and formal arguments have been advanced to demonstrate that, under seemingly uncontroversial conditions, such entiti ... More

Keywords: collapse of facts, computational theory of mind, correspondence, Donald Davidson, demise of individual facts, epistemology, facts, Gottlob Frege, Kurt Gödel, logic, metaphysics, modern philosophy, propositions, realism, reality, relativism, representational theory of mind, representations of reality, Bertrand Russell, scepticism, semantics, subjectivity, theories of mind

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199247158
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199247153.001.0001


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Stephen Neale, author
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