<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Marshall (Richard) & Lynch (Michael) - Michael Lynch: Truth, Reason, and Democracy (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20244.htm">Michael Lynch: Truth, Reason, and Democracy</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/M/Author_Marshall (Richard).htm">Marshall (Richard)</a> & <A HREF = "../../Authors/L/Author_Lynch (Michael).htm">Lynch (Michael)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Marshall (Richard) - Philosophy at 3:AM: Questions and Answers with 25 Top Philosophers</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20244.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Editor's <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P20244_1">Introduction</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P20244_1"></A></u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">Michael Lynch's focus in his interview is the nature of truth and why truth matters. He gives an overview of the options that contemporary philosophers have and then goes on to say why he takes a pluralist rather than a monist view of truth, in other words, the view that there is more than one kind of truth. Having explained why he takes his position, he then criticizes deflationary theories about truth. He talks about the scope of his theory and why it is consistent with realist approaches. He speaks about moral and mathematical truth, which he considers "the two hardest test theories for any theory of truth," and about Timothy Williamson's remarks at a conference saying that many theories of truth were too imprecise to be good philosophy. Lynch goes on to briefly introduce William Alston, "a philosopher's philosopher," and then the role of reason, denying that there is any justification in thinking that reasons in the end always give way to something arbitrary. This leads to him talking about the relationship between democracy and the "space of reasons." Additionally, he criticizes experimental philosophy on the grounds that philosophy is revisionary, not merely descriptive. Finally he talks about the link between objectivity and politics and the divide between so-called Continental and Analytical philosophy. </ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>For the interview on-line, see <a name="W2267W"></a><A HREF = "http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/truth-reason-democracy/" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>.<BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P20244_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P20244_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: In <a name="1"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20221.htm">Marshall (Richard) - Philosophy at 3:AM: Introduction</A>". <BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T09:16" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:16:17</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>