Truth: A Guide will be an essential sure-footed companion through the territory - a study of truth, and the enemies of truth, and the wars that have been fought between them, from classical to modern times. It will look at relativism and absolutism, toleration and belief, objectivity and knowledge, science and pseudo-science, and explore the moral and political implications, as well as the nuances, of these concepts in the struggle to determine what we mean by 'the truth'.
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Simon Blackburn is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and one of the most widely respected philosophers of our time. He is the author of many influential books, including the best-selling Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (1994), Think (1999) and Being Good: A Short Introduction to Ethics (2001). He edited the prestigious philosophy journal MIND from 1984 to 1990. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a frequent contributor to New Republic, and to discussion programmes on Radio 4 in the UK, and reviews for The Independent and The Sunday Times.Review:
"Blackburn's lively new book 'Truth: A Guide' will challenge and surprise you.... The great achievement of 'Truth' is to encapsulate the major lines of argument on this intractable question within the covers of a book you can read in a day or two. His chapter on Nietzsche, the fountainhead of modern philosophy and the patron saint of relativism, is worth the price of admission by itself."--Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
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Book Description Allen Lane, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0713997184