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The Impossibility of Truth

Peter Unger

in Ignorance

Published in print January 1978 | ISBN: 9780198244172
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191711473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198244177.003.0008

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

 The Impossibility of Truth

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In an analysis of truth, this chapter identifies the central entity as the whole truth about the world: this entity is, or parts of it are, the object of knowledge, and the adjective ‘true’ means agreement with this entity. However, there cannot be such a thing as the whole truth about the world. This result gives rise to paradoxes, and implies, among other things, that nothing can ever be true and that we can never believe or think anything. The moral to be drawn is that our language needs to be changed since it embodies a radically false theory.

Keywords: agreement; belief; knowledge; language; paradox; thought; truth

Chapter.  19252 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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