Searching For Truth

Geoffrey Lloyd

in Ancient Worlds, Modern Reflections

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270163
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602276 | DOI:
Searching For Truth

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Both the ancient Greeks and the ancient Chinese used a variety of terms to distinguish between truth and falsehood in different contexts. While one tradition of Western epistemology, derived from the Greeks, presents correspondence and consistency as mutually exclusive and exhaustive alternatives, this study argues that it is a mistake to accept them as such, and indeed that it is a mistake to attempt a global theory of truth. It is important to allow for the fact that warranting and verification take different forms in different subject areas, such as law, history, and mathematics.

Keywords: consistency; correspondence; epistemology; falsehood; truth; verification; warranting

Chapter.  5059 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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