Three kinds of perspectival truth

Speaker: Dr Michela Massimi # Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

19th Jan 2015

15:30 - 17:00

Room 1.06, Old Surgeons' Hall, High School Yards


In this paper, I assess recent claims in philosophy of science about scientific perspectivism being compatible with realism. I clarify the rationale for scientific perspectivism and the problems and challenges that perspectivism faces in delivering a form of realism. In particular, I concentrate my attention on truth, and on three ways in which truth can be understood and, has indeed been understood in perspectival terms. I offer a cost-benefit analysis of each of them and conclude that none can deliver on the promise of realism.

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