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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Williams Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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What does it mean to be truthful? What role does truth play in our lives? What do we lose if we reject truthfulness? No philosopher is better suited to answer these questions than Bernard Williams. Writing with his characteristic combinationof passion and elegant simplicity, he explores the value of truth and finds it to be both less and more than we might imagine.

Modern culture exhibits two attitudes toward truth: suspicion of being deceived (no one wants to be fooled) and skepticism that objective truth exists at all (no one wants to be naive). This tension between a demand for truthfulness and the doubt that there is any truth to be found is not an abstract paradox. It has political consequences and signals a danger that our intellectual activities, particularly in the humanities, may tear themselves to pieces.

Williams's approach, in the tradition of Nietzsche's genealogy, blends philosophy, history, and a fictional account of how the human concern with truth might have arisen. Without denying that we should worry about the contingency of much that we take for granted, he defends truth as an intellectual objective and a cultural value. He identifies two basic virtues of truth, Accuracy and Sincerity, the first of which aims at finding out the truth and the second at telling it. He describes different psychological and social forms that these virtues have taken and asks what ideas can make best sense of them today.

Truth and Truthfulness presents a powerful challenge to the fashionable belief that truth has no value, but equally to the traditional faith that its value guarantees itself. Bernard Williams shows us that when we lose a sense of the value of truth, we lose a lot, both politically and personally, and may well lose everything. The book is published by Princeton University Press.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by manwithoutqualities | 7/1/2013

    " Surprising book (at least to me) published just before BW's death. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Craig | 7/3/2009

    " Reading Williams is a real but fairly low-key pleasure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Josh Paul | 5/22/2009

    " Probably better than "Ethics and the Limits..." some genuinely interesting stuff on the role of truth and truth telling in ours lives - along with some borderline polemical attacks on various forms of relativism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Josh | 2/10/2008

    " Probably better than "Ethics and the Limits..." some genuinely interesting stuff on the role of truth and truth telling in ours lives - along with some borderline polemical attacks on various forms of relativism. "

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