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The Primitivist Theory of Truth

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  • Date Published: November 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107038974

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  • Jamin Asay's book offers a fresh and daring perspective on the age-old question 'What is truth?', with a comprehensive articulation and defence of primitivism, the view that truth is a fundamental and indefinable concept. Often associated with Frege and the early Russell and Moore, primitivism has been largely absent from the larger conversation surrounding the nature of truth. Asay defends primitivism by drawing on a range of arguments from metaphysics, philosophy of language and philosophy of logic, and navigates between correspondence theory and deflationism by reviving analytic philosophy's first theory of truth. In its exploration of the role that truth plays in our cognitive and linguistic lives, The Primitivist Theory of Truth offers an account of not just the nature of truth, but the foundational role that truth plays in our conceptual scheme. It will be valuable for students and scholars of philosophy of language and of metaphysics.

    • Provides a fresh perspective on the role that truth has played in the history of analytic philosophy
    • Offers a new alternative to the two most widespread views of truth: correspondence and deflationism
    • Articulates a new defence of primitivism about truth
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107038974
    • length: 385 pages
    • dimensions: 223 x 143 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    1. Truth, TRUTH, and 'Truth'
    2. The golden age of primitivism
    3. A two-pronged theory of truth
    4. Metaphysical deflationism
    5. Conceptual primitivism: treadmills and omnipresence
    6. Conceptual primitivism: open questions, foundations, and logical apparatus
    7. Tarski and primitivism
    8. Primitive truth at work
    9. Primitivism and the liar
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Jamin Asay, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
    Jamin Asay is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He has published articles in journals including Philosophy of Science, Philosophia Mathematica, Philosophical Studies, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, and International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.

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