The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science

Likeness to Truth

Authors: Oddie, Graham

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The concept of likeness to truth, like that of truth itself, is fundamental to a realist conception of inquiry. To demonstrate this we need only make two rather modest aim of an inquiry, as an inquiry, is realist assumptions: the truth doctrine (that the the truth of some matter) and the progress doctrine (that one false theory may realise this aim better than another). Together these yield the conclusion that a false theory may be more truthlike, or closer to the truth, than another. It is the aim of this book to give a rigorous philosophical analysis of the concept of likeness to truth, and to examine the consequences, some of them no doubt surprising to those who have been unduly impressed by the (admittedly important) true/false dichotomy. Truthlikeness is not only a requirement of a particular philosophical outlook, it is as deeply embedded in common sense as the concept of truth. Everyone seems to be capable of grading various propositions, in different (hypothetical) situations, according to their closeness to the truth in those situations. And (if my experience is anything to go by) there is remarkable unanimity on these pretheoretical judge­ ments. This is not proof that there is a single coherent concept underlying these judgements. The whole point of engaging in philosophical analysis is to make this claim plausible.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Likeness to Truth
Authors
Series Title
The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
30
Copyright
1986
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-4658-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-4658-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-277-2238-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-8570-0
Series ISSN
1566-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
236
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