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What's the use of truth?

Author: Richard Rorty; Pascal Engel; Patrick Savidan
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007.
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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 rocked the foundations of philosophical practice. In this book, the American pragmatist Richard Rorty and the French analytic philosopher Pascal Engel present their radically different perspectives on truth and its correspondence  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Rorty; Pascal Engel; Patrick Savidan
ISBN: 0231140142 9780231140140
OCLC Number: 71350322
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: French ed. cataloged as: A quoi bon la vérité / Pascal Engel, Richard Rorty ; édité par P. Savidan.
Description: xii, 80 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: Introduction / Patrick Savidan --
Main statement by Pascal Engel --
Main statement by Richard Rorty --
Appendix : Pascal Engel : Truth.
Other Titles: A quoi bon la vérite.
Responsibility: Richard Rorty & Pascal Engel ; edited by Patrick Savidan ; translated by William McCuaig.
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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 rocked the  Read more...

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Necessary for serious philosophy collections. Booklist Poses and admirably responds to questions which have a direct bearing on my view of existence. The Voice Magazine

 
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