Truth, Time and History: A Philosophical Enquiry
Botros (Sophie)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

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  1. Truth, Time and History investigates the reality of the past by connecting arguments across areas which are conventionally discussed in isolation from each other.
  2. Breaking the impasse within the narrower analytic debate between Dummett's semantic anti-realists and the truth value link realists as to whether the past exists independently of our methods of verification, the book argues, through an examination of the puzzles concerning identity over time, that only the present exists. Drawing on Lewis's analogy between times and possible worlds, and work by Collingwood and Oakeshott, and the continental philosopher, Barthes, the author advances a wholly novel proposal, as to how aspects of ersatz presentism may be combined with historical coherentism to uphold the legitimacy of discourse about the past.
  3. In highlighting the role of historians in the creation and construction of temporality, Truth, Time and History offers a convincing philosophical argument for the inherence of an unreal past in the real present.

Contents
  1. Truth
    1. The Realist/Anti-Realist Wars – 3
      1. Dummett’s reconfiguration of the debate – 4
      2. The realists play their trump card – 19
      3. The realist appeal to memory – 36
    2. Projection, Analogy and Meaning – 43
      1. Projection: an anti-realist haunted realist strategy – 44
      2. The truth-value link again – 60
  2. Time
    1. Tense Theory – 67
      1. A continuity that tolerates discontinuity – 68
      2. Presentist and non-presentist tensed solutions – 79
      3. Truth-value link realists within the tensed-tenseless spectrum – 88
    2. Leibniz's Law and the Paradox of Diachronic Identity1 – 95
      1. Property and essence – 96
      2. Essence as dynamic – 107
    3. Presentism and Modality – 121
      1. The truth-maker lacks structure – 124
      2. The truth-maker is “hypothetical” – 134
      3. Presentists, anti-realists: Russell’s “five minute hypothesis” – 142
  3. History
    1. Collingwood and Oakeshott: Is History Possible? – 149
      1. Collingwood: “history is the re-enactment of past thought” – 154
      2. Historical idealism: a revolutionary conception of evidence? – 172
      3. Collingwood’s “question and answer” at Hadrian’s Wall – 181
    2. A Realist Present and a Coherentist Past – 191
      1. Can historical texts really replace ersatz times as truth-makers? – 193
      2. The history / fiction controversies – 211
        Conclusion – 229
    Notes – 231
    Bibliography – 256
    Index – 265



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BOOK COMMENT:
  • Bloomsbury Academic, London, September 2017
  • Gift from Sophie



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