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- DescriptionThe concept of likeness to truth, like that of truth itself, is fundamental to a realist conception of inquiry. To demonstrate this we need only make two rather modest aim of an inquiry, as an inquiry, is realist assumptions: the truth doctrine (that the the truth of some matter) and the progress doctrine (that one false theory may realise this aim better than ather). Together these yield the conclusion that a false theory may be more truthlike, or closer to the truth, than ather. It is the aim of this book to give a rigorous philosophical analysis of the concept of likeness to truth, and to examine the consequences, some of them doubt surprising to those who have been unduly impressed by the (admittedly important) true/false dichotomy. Truthlikeness is t only a requirement of a particular philosophical outlook, it is as deeply embedded in common sense as the concept of truth. Everyone seems to be capable of grading various propositions, in different (hypothetical) situations, according to their closeness to the truth in those situations. And (if my experience is anything to go by) there is remarkable unanimity on these pretheoretical judge- ments. This is t proof that there is a single coherent concept underlying these judgements. The whole point of engaging in philosophical analysis is to make this claim plausible.
- Author(s)Graham Oddie
- Date of Publication03/10/2011
- Series TitleThe Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science
- Series Part/Volume Number30
- Place of PublicationDordrecht
- Country of PublicationNetherlands
- Content Notebiography
- Weight373 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Edition StatementSoftcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1986
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