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Truth and Rationality

David Hodgson

in Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199845309
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932269 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845309.003.0003

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

Truth and Rationality

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Chapter 2 begins with a short discussion of truth. A central aim of the book is to arrive at and justify true beliefs about free will and responsibility, on the way to achieving some understanding of these matters; so it is important to make explicit my conception of what counts as truth. And then I address some general considerations concerning rationality. I consider some critiques of human rationality, and I contend that rationality, although fallible, is presupposed in any intellectual undertaking.

Keywords: truth; correspondence; reality; meaning; relativistic views; scientific method; human rationality; fallible; necessary

Chapter.  7921 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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