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Paperback | $38.00 Short | £26.95 | ISBN: 9780262611084 | 416 pp. | 5.9 x 8.8 in | March 1995

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Theories of Truth

A Critical Introduction


Theories of Truth tackles one of the most difficult areas in philosophy. It surveys all of the major theories of truth, presenting the crux of the issues involved at a level accessible to nonexperts yet in a manner sufficiently detailed and original to be of value to professional scholars. Included are discussions of such theories as the correspondence, coherence, pragmatic, semantic, performative, redundancy, appraisal, and truth-as-justification theories. Also covered are the liar paardox, three-valued logic, Field's critique of Tarski, satisfaction, and recursion, as well as how the theories of justification, properly understood, differ from theories of truth.

A Bradford Book


"Kirkham's book is a superb introduction to the metaphysics and semantics of truth. Kirkham also makes a important original contribution to the subject by insisting that we keep track of the purposes to which a theory of truth is to be put. This is one introductory book that will be of as much interest to specialists as to beginning students."
Frederick F. Schmitt, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Kirkham has accomplished just what he set out to do, to write an accessible but accurate introduction to an area of philosophy that is a mystery even to many professional philosophers—the theory of truth. To my knowledge there is no other such introduction.”
Richard Foley, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University

“Kirkham’s Theories of Truth will be an invaluable resource for students of this topic. I know of nowhere else where one can find a conspectus of comparable breadth and depth of the main theories now of interest to philosophers. It is particularly to be recommended for its lucid exposition of Kripke’s attempt to solve the Liar Paradox.”
C.J.F. Williams, University of Bristol