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On Hope, Truth, and Lying

February 1, 2017 by

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The Trump administration is, for those of us concerned with improving our world, more disturbing than any I have encountered. It’s not that Trump will necessarily make things worse than G.W. Bush, who started two wars, or Ronald Reagan, who began our slide into a society of increasing inequality, or even Barack Obama, who persecuted […]

Some Facts about Facts

January 26, 2017 by

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Facts about Facts Facts, and in particular “alternative facts”, have been in the news a lot this week, and for good reason (I toyed with calling this post “Facts: talking metaphysics to power”). I’ll have something to say about “alternative facts” later in the post, but first I’m going to talk about facts more generally, […]

Deflationism, Conservativity, Truth.

October 19, 2014 by

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Over the summer I spent a lot of time learning about truth, and particularly deflationary theories of truth. In this post I will outline some of my thoughts about one particular criterion that is often argued for (and against) by various players in the recent literature on deflationism about truth: conservativity. The plan is to […]

Grinworthy Quotes (2)

October 9, 2014 by

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Here is my favourite parable illustrating a serious problem with typed theories of truth, and drinking too much when having serious academic discussions, from Leon Horsten’s book  The Tarskian Turn (MIT, 2011). [S]uppose that you are convinced that on the subject of the history of Mayan civilization, Anna is extremely reliable. Suppose that even though […]