Studies of a Robust Presence
Truth: Studies of a Robust Presence brings together groundbreaking studies of objective truth as a robust, philosophically consequential reality and a compelling presence in all areas and dimensions of human life. After an era of philosophical reflection in both the Anglo-American and Continental traditions dominated by the denial or compromise of the standing and centrality of truth, which has been profoundly influential even in the general culture, important philosophers are again taking up and advancing the case for objective and substantial truth. This volume makes a unique contribution to this movement by presenting studies that enlarge and enliven the logical argument for truth by articulating and exploring the rich and robust presence of truth in various areas of human life and knowing, both speculative and practical.
The chapters of Truth: Studies of a Robust Presence, contributed by outstanding scholars in philosophy, theology, and law, include both fresh and penetrating interpretations of the great philosophers from Plato and Aristotle to Heidegger on various dimensions of truth as well as original analysis and thoughtful speculative reflection on the presence and role of truth in various areas of human life such as law, art, and science. Together these studies provide investigations of objective and consequential truth from all the historical periods of philosophy and from contemporary outlooks on dimensions of truth in human life and knowing whose import is underappreciated.
In addition to the editor, the contributors are:
Jan A. Aertsen, director of the Thomas Institute, University of Cologne
Brian Bix, Frederick W. Thomas Professor for the Interdisciplinary Study of Law and Language, University of Minnesota
Daniel O. Dahlstrom, professor of philosophy and chair of the department, Boston University
Daniel Garber, professor of philosophy and chair of the department, Princeton University
Susan Haack, Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, professor of philosophy and law, University of Miami
Sean Dorrance Kelly, professor of philosophy, Harvard University
John Milbank, professor of religion, politics and ethics, University of Nottingham
Mitchell Miller, professor of philosophy, Vassar College
Timothy Noone, professor of philosophy, The Catholic University of America
Robert Wood, professor of philosophy, University of Dallas
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kurt Pritzl, O.P., is dean of the School of Philosophy and associate professor at the Catholic University of America. He specializes in ancient Greek philosophy and the theory of knowledge. He has published articles on early Greek philosophy, on dialectic and received opinion in Plato, and on Aristotle's cognitional theory and account of the soul. He has also published on the role of philosophy in the intellectual and spiritual formation of seminary students.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:
"Combining textual and historical approaches, the study as a whole provides the reader with a sense of how compelling and complex the question of truth is today, and how important it is that such questions are raised and, to the degree that one is able, how well they are answered. It is a study that will interest both the historian and the specialist in philosophy. With an excellent bibliography and index, it opens numerous avenues for continued reflections and discussion, rather than attempting to settle the question. More proper for academics and advances graduate students, the volume brings together the major voices and traditions in the conversation about truth, a conversation that is as old, and as important, as philosophy itself." —Mary Beth Ingham, C.S.J, Thomist
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