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By Christopher Norris

Truth Matters is the 1st full-length creation to response-dependence, an issue that has in recent years develop into a prime concentration of curiosity for philosophers throughout a variety of disciplines and topic components. starting up the problems in actual fact and concisely, Norris additionally presents correct historical past background of the present debate, together with a dialogue of its assets and analogues in Plato, Locke, Kant, and Wittgenstein.

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Thus Frege's work in the philosophy of logic cannot (contra Dummett) be neatly detached from what we know about his `private' psychopathology and socio-political beliefs. In short, Nye totally rejects the idea that we can or should draw any kind of distinction between the value of a thinker's work as measured by specialised (disciplinespecific) criteria and its value ± or cost ± to himself and others as a matter of humanly-accountable interests and concerns. However my main interest here is not so much with this particular dispute over Frege and the autonomy of logic as with the general issue as to whether certain fairly `technical' philosophic doctrines, such as Dummett's anti-realism, can or should be assessed for their bearing on issues outside that specialised domain.

It is but empty strutting and posturing, this display of courage not under fire and avowal of additional resources that cannot feel the pinch of misfortune any earlier.

Still it clearly figures as a default position or one that he thinks altogether more plausible ± less ontologically extravagant ± than the alternative (realist) option except in those relatively few cases where the latter can claim adequate epistemic warrant. However it is at just this point that the realist will want to challenge Dummett's argument by maintaining that truth is a matter of objective (verification-transcendent) fact rather than a matter of what we could 28 Truth Matters know when all the evidence is in or under ideal epistemic conditions.

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