Academic Year 2011-2012

Event Title

Why Progressives Need a (Minimally) Realist Theory of Truth

Disciplines

Sociology

Description

This presentation included arguments for the following claims:

  • Progressive political and social criticism is conceptually coherent only if an argument can be given showing why some states of affairs are preferable to others.
  • In order to justify the claim that some states of affairs are preferable to others, some minimally realist account of truth must be presupposed.
  • Crude relativism about truth cannot provide a conceptually coherent foundation for progressive criticisms of any state of affairs and, by extension, cannot support justifications for preferring one state of affairs over others.

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Why Progressives Need a (Minimally) Realist Theory of Truth

This presentation included arguments for the following claims:

  • Progressive political and social criticism is conceptually coherent only if an argument can be given showing why some states of affairs are preferable to others.
  • In order to justify the claim that some states of affairs are preferable to others, some minimally realist account of truth must be presupposed.
  • Crude relativism about truth cannot provide a conceptually coherent foundation for progressive criticisms of any state of affairs and, by extension, cannot support justifications for preferring one state of affairs over others.