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Invariances

The Structure of the Objective World

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$43.50 • £34.95 • €39.00

ISBN 9780674012455

Publication Date: 10/15/2003

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432 pages

5-11/16 x 8-7/8 inches

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  • Introduction: On Philosophical Method
  • I. The Structure of the Objective World
    • 1. Truth and Relativism
      • Is Truth Relative?
      • Who Wants Relativism?
      • Truth in Space and Time
      • The Truth Property
      • Is a Theory of Truth Possible?
      • Is Truth Socially Relative?
      • Does Relativism Undercut Itself?
      • The Correspondence Theory
    • 2. Invariance and Objectivity
      • Objective Facts
      • Admissible Transformations
      • Two Types of Philosophical Account
      • The Ordering of Objectiveness
      • Intersubjectivity
      • Objective Beliefs and Biasing Factors
      • Dimensions of Truth
      • The Objectivity of Science
      • The Functional View
      • Underdetermination of Theory
      • Rationality, Progress, Objectivity, and Veridicality
    • 3. Necessity and Contingency
      • Epistemology of Necessity
      • Cross-Classifications
      • On the Supposed Necessity of Water’s Being H2O
      • The Withering of Metaphysical Necessity
      • Explaining Away Necessities
      • Logical and Mathematical Necessity
      • Degrees of Contingency
      • The Nature of Actuality
      • The Ultimate Theory of the World
  • II. The Human World as Part of the Objective World
    • 4. The Realm of Consciousness
      • The Function of Consciousness
      • Gradations of Awareness
      • The Context of Consciousness
      • The Zoom-Lens Theory
      • Synthesizing and Filtering Data
      • Common Knowledge
      • The Functions of Phenomenology
      • Mind-Body Relations
    • 5. The Genealogy of Ethics
      • The Theory of Ethics
      • The Ubiquity of Ethics
      • Coordination to Mutual Benefit
      • Coordination via Ethical Norms
      • The Evaluation of Systems of Coordination
      • The Core Principle of Ethics
      • Normative Force and the Normativity Module
      • Evaluative Capacities
      • Higher Layers of Ethics
      • Ethical Truth and Ethical Objectivity
      • The Unpredictability of Human Behavior
      • Ethics and Conscious Self-Awareness
  • Notes
  • Index

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