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The author of the highly popular book Think, which Time magazine hailed as "the one book every smart person should read to understand, and even enjoy, the key questions of philosophy," Simon Blackburn is that rara avis--an eminent thinker who is able to explain philosophy to the general reader. Now Blackburn offers a tour de force exploration of what he calls "the most exciting and engaging issue in the whole of philosophy"--the age-old war over truth.

The front lines of this war are well defined. On one side are those who believe in plain, unvarnished facts, rock-solid truths that can be found through reason and objectivity--that science leads to truth, for instance. Their opponents mock this idea. They see the dark forces of language, culture, power, gender, class, ideology and desire--all subverting our perceptions of the world, and clouding our judgement with false notions of absolute truth. Beginning with an early skirmish in the war--when Socrates confronted the sophists in ancient Athens--Blackburn offers a penetrating look at the longstanding battle these two groups have waged, examining the philosophical battles fought by Plato, Protagoras, William James, David Hume, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Richard Rorty, and many others, with a particularly fascinating look at Nietzsche. Among the questions Blackburn considers are: is science mere opinion, can historians understand another historical period, and indeed can one culture ever truly understand another.

Blackburn concludes that both sides have merit, and that neither has exclusive ownership of truth. What is important is that, whichever side we embrace, we should know where we stand and what is to be said for our opponents.

Synopsis:

The author of the highly popular book "Think" illuminates "the most exciting and engaging issue in the whole of philosophy"--the age-old war over truth.

About the Author

Simon Blackburn is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He was Edna J. Doury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, and from 1969 to 1990 was a Fellow and Tutor at Pembroke College, Oxford. He is the author of The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy and the best-selling Think and Being Good, among other books.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

CHAPTER 1: FAITH, BELIEF AND REASON

1. Clifford's Duties

2. Fiction and MythJames

4. Kinds of Animation

CHAPTER 2: MAN THE MEASURE

1. Turning the Tables: the Recoil Argument

2. Modern Judo

3. The Variation of Subjectives

4. The Moving Bull's-eye

5. Doing it Ourselves

CHAPTER 3: ISHMAEL'S PROBLEM AND THE DELIGHTS OF KEEPING QUIET

1. Who Tell the Tale?

2. A Gestalt Switch

3. You Tell Me, or Down with Pilate

4. Moral Relativism

5. Man the Measurer

6. Summary

CHAPTER 4: NIETZCHE: THE ARCH DEBUNKER

1. Facts or Interpretations?

2. Twilight of the Idols

3. Perspectivism

4. Adequate Words

5. Heraclitus and the Flux

6. The Darwinian Element

CHAPTER 5: THE POSSIBILITY OF PHILOSOPHY

1. Getting Puzzled

2. Four Responses

3. Eliminativism

4. Realism

5. Deconstructing the Issue

6. The Constructivist Corner

7. The Example of Wittgenstein

CHAPTER 6: OBSERVATION AND TRUTH: FROM LOCKE TO RORTY

1. Paradise Lost

2. First Impressions

3. Holism

4. Davidson's Mantle

5. Rorty's Talking World

6. Keeping our Feet on the Ground

7. Interlude: Law, Tennis, and the Coffee-house

8. A Political Message

CHAPTER 7: REALISM AS SCIENCE; REALISM ABOUT SCIENCE

1. No Miracles

2. Science Red in Tooth and Claw

3. Explaining from Within

4. Animation and Belief Again

5. Underdetermination

CHAPTER 8: HISTORIANS AND OTHERS

1. Conceptual Schemes

2. Mind Reading

3. Mirroring

4. Infirmities

5. Collectives and their Histories

6. Peace Breaks Out

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195168242
Author:
Blackburn, Simon
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Blackburn, Simon
Author:
null, Simon
Subject:
Epistemology
Subject:
Philosophy-Epistemology
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Publication Date:
20050631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.50x5.86x1.02 in. .96 lbs.

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