Truth and the Past

Michael Dummett. Foreword by Akeel Bilgrami

Columbia University Press

Truth and the Past

Pub Date: December 2005

ISBN: 9780231131773

136 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: December 2003

ISBN: 9780231506458

136 Pages

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Truth and the Past

Michael Dummett. Foreword by Akeel Bilgrami

Columbia University Press

Michael Dummett's three John Dewey Lectures—"The Concept of Truth," "Statements About the Past," and "The Metaphysics of Time"—were delivered at Columbia University in the spring of 2002. Revised and expanded, the lectures are presented here along with two new essays by Dummett, "Truth: Deniers and Defenders" and "The Indispensability of the Concept of Truth."

In Truth and the Past, Dummett clarifies his current positions on the metaphysical issue of realism and the philosophy of language. He is best known as a proponent of antirealism, which loosely characterizes truth as what we are capable of knowing. The events of the past and statements about them are critical tests of an antirealist position. These essays continue and significantly contribute to Dummett's work.
The best of all possible experiences, if you are interested in philosophy at all, would have been to hear Michael Dummett himself deliver these lectures. If, like myself, you missed that experience, the very next best is to read this volume. This is the work of a great philosopher at the peak of his form. Hilary Putnam, Harvard University
A stimulating discussion. James C. Livingston, The Review of Metaphysics
Foreword by Akeel Bilgrami
Preface
The Concept of Truth
The Indispensability of the Concept of Truth
Statements About the Past
The Semantics of the Past Tense
The Metaphysics of Time
Truth: Deniers and Defenders
Notes
Index

About the Author

Michael Dummett, was until his retirement in 1992, the Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford. He has also taught at Accra, Stanford, Minnesota, Bologna, Princeton, and Harvard, among other universities. He is the author of numerous books, including The Seas of Language; Frege: Philosophy of Language; and Origins of Analytical Philosophy.