Carnap’s Pragmatism and the Two Truths

Bronwyn Finnigan and Koji Tanaka

in Moonshadows

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751426
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827190 | DOI:
Carnap’s Pragmatism and the Two Truths

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A consequence of the Mādhyamika notion of two truths is that the normative role of truth is flattened, and thus the conventional authority of epistemic practices is undermined. This chapter offers a way out of the dismal slough of pure conventionalism by putting the notion of the two truths in dialogue with the twentieth-century philosopher Rudolph Carnap. A consideration of two truths in the context of Carnap’s pragmatism brings to surface the relationship between the semantic issue of the two truths and practical matters such as action and ethics.

Keywords: truths; convention; Carnap; semantics; pragmatism; ethics

Chapter.  3547 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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