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Why Truth Matters
Why Truth Matters
by Ophelia Benson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.75

28 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thoughtful, Well-Written Book, 17 May 2006
This review is from: Why Truth Matters (Hardcover)
Why Truth Matters is a book that deserves to reach a wide audience. It is a thoughtful book that is also accessibly written without patronising the reader.

The main thesis of the book is that the notion of Truth as an important human goal has been subject to unwarranted denigration in recent times. As the authors note, it is rare - although not unheard of - for the epistemic and/or human value of Truth and Turth-seeking to be openly confronted. More common are side comments and general attitudes that appear to draw from varying - and not necessarily consistent - prevailing strands in social and political thought. Yet these comments and attitudes are not typically underpinned intellectually to any substantial extent.

One of the main virtues of Why Truth Matters is that it does not try to over-reach itself. It does not claim to offer the full and final word on profound epistemological issues. But it does argue - very cogently - that whatever positions are taken on many of these matters, Truth remains an abiding, central human value. Living as we do in what Susan Haack once appropriately described as an 'era of preposterism', that is a valuable message


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