True to life : why truth matters / Michael P. Lynch.

Author
Lynch, Michael P. (Michael Patrick), 1966- [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2004], ©2004.
Description
xii, 204 pages ; 24 cm

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"In this book, Michael Lynch argues that truth does matter, in both our personal and political lives. Lynch explains that the growing cynicism over truth stems in large part from our confusion over what truth is." "True to Life defends four simple claims : that truth is objective; that it is good to believe what is true; that truth is a goal worthy of inquiry; and that truth can be worth caring about for its own sake - not just because it gets us other things we want. In defense of these "truisms about truth," Lynch diagnoses the sources of our cynicism and argues that many contemporary theories of truth cannot adequately account for its value. He explains why we should care about truth, arguing that truth and its pursuit are part of living a happy life, important in our personal relationships and for our political values."--BOOK JACKET.
Notes
"A Bradford book."
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. [183]-199) and index.
Contents
  • Pt. I. Cynical myths
  • 1. Truisms about truth
  • 2. Is the truth unattainable?
  • 3. Is truth relative?
  • 4. The truth hurts
  • Pt. II. False theories
  • 5. Truth as a means to an end
  • 6. Truth and the scientific image
  • 7. Truth as fiction
  • Pt. III. Why truth matters
  • 8. Truth and happiness
  • 9. Sweet lies
  • 10. Truth and liberal democracy.
ISBN
0262122677 (alk. paper)
LCCN
2003070640
OCLC
53932507
RCP
C - S
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