Dustin Arand Truth Evolves

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Truth Evolves

 
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Truth, knowledge, and ethics are far from the concrete absolutes people often see them as. Rather, truth and morality are relative concepts, caught in a continuous cycle of trial and error. In short, truth continually evolves. Dustin Arand explores the implications of ever-adapting ethics in Truth Evolves. Basing his arguments on evolutionary theory, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind, Arand explains how adaptive truth applies to moral duty, religion, and living a meaningful life. At the center of Arand’s worldview is the virtue of corrigibility, or the ability to correct and adjust one’s thoughts and beliefs. Corrigibility lies at the heart of intellectual honesty and integrity, allowing for the correction of the beliefs that govern our daily lives and the institutions that govern our society. Using accessible, easy-to-understand language, Arand applies corrigibility to major philosophical questions on the nature of knowledge, the relationship between beauty and truth, and the difficult, contentious debate over who—or what—counts as a person. A fascinating exploration into the ephemeral nature of knowledge and ethics, Truth Evolves invites you to consider these deeply personal, deeply human issues.

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Dustin Arand received his bachelor of arts degree and juris doctor from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Over the years he has studied and worked on four continents, including two years in China, a year in France, and a summer in South Africa. He clerked for two years for the Superior Court of Massachusetts and has been a stay-at-home father and blogger since the birth of his twin sons in 2011. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Though many people think of truth as something that is fixed, objective, and eternal, Arand argues that it is anything but. Rather, he posits that truth is an evolving set of circumstances, tied to and affected by the myriad variables of our mercurial human condition as well as biological and cultural evolution. “I propose a view that defines the meaning of a belief as a commitment to behave—to think, feel, or act—in certain ways with respect to certain objects or events,” he writes. “Consequently, meaning cannot be understood as something fixed by metaphysical properties like essences or ends. Rather, meaning is more or less elastic depending on the relative variance or invariance of the environmental backdrop against which this evolution has occurred.” The work is divided into two sections: the descriptive “What Can We Know?” and the prescriptive “How Should We Live?” The former deals with the evolving nature of truth, and the latter with its implications for human morality, liberty, and responsibility. Central to Arand’s description of truth is the concept of “corrigibility,” which he defines as the capability of an institution—political, economic, academic, professional, etc.—to adapt itself “to the changing demands of the environmental conditions that constitute [its] *raison d’être*.” Arand coins a few other concepts—e.g., “essentialism,” “telism”—to describe his ideas, but for the most part he eschews jargon, writing in a simple, accessible prose that even epistemological novices should be able to follow. He bolsters his argument with examples from the history of religion, philosophy, politics, and art, always explaining these references and sometimes supplementing his points with graphics and reprinted artwork. Though his ideas may not be shattering for the well-read, they are presented in a way that makes them digestible while demonstrating their meaningful application in the real world. An accessible, enlightening rumination on the nature of truth. -Kirkus Review

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