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What's the Use of Truth?
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Introduction, by Patrick Savidan Translator's Note Main Statement, by Pascal Engel Main Statement, by Richard Rorty Discussion Appendix Notes Bibliography

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The war over the meaning and utility of truth is at the center of contemporary philosophical debate, and its arguments have rocked the foundations of philosophical practice. In this book, the American pragmatist Richard Rorty and the French analytic philosopher Pascal Engel present their radically different perspectives on truth and its correspondence to reality. What's the Use of Truth? is a rare opportunity to experience each side of this impassioned debate clearly and concisely. In What's the Use of Truth?, American pragmatist Richard Rorty and French analytic philosopher Pascal Engel present their radically different perspectives on truth and its correspondence to reality. Rorty doubts that the notion of truth can be of any practical use and points to the preconceptions that lie behind truth in the intellectual and social spheres. Engel prefers a realist conception, defending the relevance and value of truth as a norm of belief and inquiry in both science and the public domain. Rorty finds more danger in using the notion of truth than in getting rid of it. Engel thinks it is important to hold on to the idea that truth is an accurate representation of reality. What's the Use of Truth? is a rare opportunity to experience each side of this impassioned debate clearly and concisely. The subject has profound implications not only for philosophical inquiry but also for the future study of all aspects of our culture.

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Richard Rorty (1931-2007) was professor of comparative literature and philosophy at Stanford University. His Columbia University Press books include An Ethics for Today: Finding Common Ground Between Philosophy and Religion (2010) and The Future of Religion (2005). Pascal Engel is ordinary professor of contemporary philosophy at the University of Geneva and has taught at the Sorbonne. He is the author of Truth (2014) and The Norm of Truth (1991). William McCuaig is a translator living in Montreal.

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Necessary for serious philosophy collections. Booklist Poses and admirably responds to questions which have a direct bearing on my view of existence. The Voice Magazine

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