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Description - Truth in Philosophy by Barry Allen

The goal of philosophers is truth, but for a century or more they have been bothered by Nietzsche's question, "What is the good of truth?" Barry Allen shows what truth has come to mean in the philosophical tradition, what is wrong with many of the ways of conceiving truth and why philosophers refuse to confront squarely the question of the value of truth - why it is always taken to be an unquestioned concept. Surveying Western thought from the pre-Socratics to the present day, Allen identifies and criticizes two core assumptions: that truth implies a realist metaphysics, and that truth is a good thing.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674910911
ISBN-10: 0674910915
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 344
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 15-Mar-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Barry Allen

Barry Allen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at McMaster University.

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