Thought and Reality
By (author) Sir Michael Dummett
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Thought and Reality by Sir Michael Dummett
Book DescriptionIn this short, lucid, rich book Michael Dummett sets out his views about some of the deepest questions in philosophy. The fundamental question of metaphysics is: what does reality consist of? To answer this, Dummett holds, it is necessary to say what kinds of fact obtain, and what constitutes their holding good. Facts correspond with true propositions, or true thoughts: when we know which propositions, or thoughts, in general, are true, we shall know what facts there are in general. Dummett considers the relation between metaphysics, our conception of the constitution of reality, and semantics, the theory that explains how statements are determined as true or as false in terms of their composition out of their constituent expressions. He investigates the two concepts on which the bridge that connects semantics to metaphysics rests, meaning and truth, and the role of justification in a theory of meaning. He then examines the special semantic and metaphysical issues that arise with relation to time and tense. On this basis Dummett puts forward his controversial view of reality as indeterminate: there may be no fact of the matter about whether an object does or does not have a given property. We have to relinquish our deep-held realist understanding of language, the illusion that we know what it is for any proposition that we can frame to be true independently of our having any means of recognizing its truth, and accept that truth depends on our capacity to apprehend it. Dummett concludes with a chapter about God.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199207275
(220mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 5-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sir Michael Dummett
Thought and Reality, Paperback (October 2008)
Sir Michael Dummett sets out his views about some of the deepest questions in philosophy. The fundamental question of metaphysics is: what does reality consist of? Dummett puts forward his controversial view of reality as indeterminate: there may be no fact of the matter about whether an object does or does not have a given property.
Truth and the Past, Paperback (November 2005)» View all books by Sir Michael Dummett
In Truth and the Past, Dummett, best known as a proponent of antirealism, clarifies his current positions on the metaphysical issue of realism and the philosophy of language. His three John Dewey Lectures were delivered at Columbia University in the spring of 2002. Revised and expanded, the lectures are presented here along with two new essays.
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Author Biography - Sir Michael Dummett
Michael Dummett is Emeritus Professor of Logic at Oxford University, Honorary Fellow of New College Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College Oxford.
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