What´s the Use of Truth?

What´s the Use of Truth?

Editorial: Columbia

Páginas: 75

Año: 2007

EAN: 9780231140140

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What is truth? What value should we see in or attribute to it? The war over the meaning and utility of truth is at the center of contemporary philosophical debate, and its arguments have rattled the foundations of philosophical practice. The American pragmatist Richard Rorty doubts that the notion of truth can be of any practical use and points to the preconceptions that lie behind truth in both the intellectual and social spheres. Engel prefers a realist conception, defending the relevance and value of truth as a norm of belief and of inquiry both in science and in the public domain. Rorty finds more danger in using the notion of truth than in getting rid of it. Engel thinks it is important to hold on to the idea that truth is an accurate representation of reality.
In Rorty´s view, epistemology is an artificial construct meant to restore a function to philosophy usurped by the success of empirical science. Epistemology and ontology are false problems, and with their demise goes the Cartesian dualism of subject and object and the ancient problematic of appearance and reality. Conventional "philosophical problems," Rorty asserts, are just symptoms of the professionalism that has disfigured the discipline since the time of Kant. Engel, however, is by no means as complacent as Rorty in heralding the "end of truth," and conducts a fierce campaign against the legitimacy of his arguments.
What´s the Use of Truth? is a rare opportunity to experience each side of this impassioned debate clearly and concisely. It is a topic that does not impact philosophy alone, but all aspects of our culture.