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Aristotle on the Nature of Truth

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  • Date Published: September 2013
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107670723

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  • This book reconsiders the traditional correspondence theory of truth, which takes truth to be a matter of correctly representing objects. Drawing Heideggerian phenomenology into dialogue with American pragmatic naturalism, Christopher P. Long undertakes a rigorous reading of Aristotle that articulates the meaning of truth as a co-operative activity between human beings and the natural world that is rooted in our endeavours to do justice to the nature of things. By following a path of Aristotle's thinking that leads from our rudimentary encounters with things in perceiving through human communication to thinking, this book traces an itinerary that uncovers the nature of truth as ecological justice, and it finds the nature of justice in our attempts to articulate the truth of things.

    • Offers an original understanding of truth rooted in the attempt to do justice to the expression of things
    • Undertakes a rigorous reading of central Aristotelian texts by drawing two traditions of interpretations into dialogue with one another: continental phenomenology and American pragmatic naturalism
    • Develops an innovative methodological approach to reading Aristotle called 'legomenology', and careful attention to the things said by Aristotle opens the new understanding of the ancient meaning of truth articulated in the book
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    'An original interpretation of Aristotle that subtly weaves together the themes of truth and justice. Christopher Long shows how the question of truth leads us ineluctably to justice and the question of justice leads us back to truth. He combines a rigorous reading of Aristotle's texts with an imaginative discussion of how American pragmatic naturalism and Heideggerian phenomenology illuminate Aristotle's attentive response to the world. Through Long's rich text, we can virtually hear Aristotle's voice speaking to us in new, relevant, and exciting ways.' Richard J. Bernstein, New School for Social Research

    'Christopher Long's new book, Aristotle [on] the Nature of Truth, is a remarkably fresh and original treatment of one of the most central topics in all of philosophy. Long shows through penetrating and persuasive scholarship that for Aristotle the question of truth is about the nature of things and the things of nature. Thus, this is as much a book about nature and about ecology as it is about truth and being, and it is an indispensable tool for those whose work in environmental philosophy is committed to mining the tradition in order to retrieve a theoretical basis for a new sense of ecological justice. Long philosophizes with a remarkable gracefulness and he has a unique ability to work across methodological traditions to offer a reading of Aristotle that draws resources equally from phenomenology, pragmatism, and analytic philosophy. This book will contribute a great deal to overcoming the polarization that inhibits the usual philosophical approaches to ancient Greek philosophy.' Walter A. Brogan, Villanova University

    'This is a boldly conceived, painstakingly researched, and exquisitely executed work. The author's intensely focused attention on the relevant texts is matched by a hermeneutic sensibility animated by imagination, probity, and a steadying awareness of Aristotle's principal preoccupations and commitments. Christopher Long exemplifies what he takes to be at the heart of Aristotle's understanding of truth - responsibility in the sense of responsiveness (including reflexive responsiveness). His reading of Aristotle as an integral part of philosophical naturalism, taken to be a living philosophical tradition, is just one of the notable and valuable aspects of this unique contribution to contemporary philosophy, not just contemporary scholarship. At every turn, Professor Long shows in detail the relevance of Aristotle's writings - indeed, the force of his arguments and the depth of his insights.' Vincent Colapietro, Pennsylvania State University

    'This is a deeply insightful, genuinely important book that says things far beyond what its title might suggest. It is at once a learned and original study of Aristotle and his contemporary importance; a brilliant and productive dialogue with naturalism, pragmatism, and existential phenomenology; and a profound and moving meditation on truth, nature, and justice. Aristotle [on] the Nature of Truth is philosophy at its best.' John J. Stuhr, Emory University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107670723
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prolegomenon
    1. The saying of things
    2. A history of truth as cor-respondence
    3. Saving the things said
    4. By way of address: lending voice to things
    5. By way of response: the logic of cooperative encounter
    6. The truth of nature and the nature of truth in Aristotle
    7. On saying the beautiful in light of the good
    8. Ecological justice and the ethics of truth.

  • Author

    Christopher P. Long, Pennsylvania State University
    Christopher P. Long is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of the Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of The Ethics of Ontology: Re-Thinking an Aristotelian Legacy (2004) and has also published numerous articles in journals including the Review of Metaphysics, Ancient Philosophy, the Southern Journal of Philosophy, Polis, Epoché, the Continental Philosophy Review and Telos.

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