Bare Facts and Naked Truths: A New Correspondence Theory of Truth

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - 194 pages
The very idea of truth as a substantial and meaningful concept has been under attack recently from advocates of New Age and postmodern theories. In this book Englebretsen defends the notions of truth and objectivity as key to the scientific view of the natural world and presents an original defence of the 'commonsense' correspondence theory of truth. Englebretsen's approach overcomes the traditional difficulties of correspondence theories of truth with providing adequate and convincing accounts of truth-bearers, truth-makers and the correspondence relation between them by taking truth-bearers to be propositions and facts as constitutive properties of the world. This accessibly written book surveys all of the major competing theories of truth (coherence, pragmatic, redundancy, semantic, deflationary, disquotational, minimalist) before formulating the new defence of the correspondence theory ...

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Contents

The Big MAC Attack
37
Terminism
79
Facing the Facts
107
Giving the World Its Due
141
Conclusion
167
Index
189
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George Englebretsen is Professor of the Department of Philosophy, Bishop's University, Lennoxville, Canada.

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