Michael Dummett's three John Dewey Lectures -- "The Concept of
Truth," "Statements About the Past," and "The Metaphysics of Time"
-- were delivered at Columbia University in the spring of 2002.
Revised and expanded, the lectures are presented here along with
two new essays by Dummett, "Truth: Deniers and Defenders" and "The
Indispensability of the Concept of Truth."
In Truth and the Past, Dummett clarifies his current
positions on the metaphysical issue of realism and the philosophy
of language. He is best known as a proponent of antirealism, which
loosely characterizes truth as what we are capable of knowing. The
events of the past and statements about them are critical tests of
an antirealist position. These essays continue and significantly
contribute to Dummett's work.
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