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Truth & Truthfulness
Truth & Truthfulness: An Essay in Genealogy | Bernard Arthur Owen Williams
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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 combination of 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.
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BethM
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umbrellagirl I choose door number one. 4mo
BethM @umbrellagirl me too usually but Harry Potter is behind 3. 4mo
Avanders Totally depends on the day... often Door 1, but if I‘m stressed? Harry Potter (Door 3 ☺️) 3mo
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Clwojick
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rretzler Yep! 8mo
SW-T 😂😂😂 8mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego So true. Especially if I watch right after I finish the book. 8mo
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SilversReviews
Truth & Truthfulness: An Essay in Genealogy | Bernard Arthur Owen Williams
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@Dr.Who_number10

1. Reading: A MATTER OF CHANCE by Julie Maloney.

2. There are only a few characters, but I will have to go with Maddy.

3. The favorite place is when Maddy visits coffee shops looking for her daughter.

4. No favorite chapter yet.

5. The book is about the disappearance of a child so not a spoiler and the scariest part.

6. Favorite place to read is on my back porch in the summer - ready and waiting for the heat.

Velvetfur Your!!!! 2y
SilversReviews @Velvetfur Are you referring to the incorrect use? I noticed that too. It's not my error!! 😍😍😍😍 2y
Velvetfur @SilversReviews Yes! And yep I know it's not you, but I thought me pointing it out might make you laugh 😀 2y
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SilversReviews @Velvetfur 😍 I am a grammar nut!! You must be too. 😍 2y
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SilversReviews @Velvetfur 😁😁😁😁😎😎😎😎 2y
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Truth & Truthfulness: An Essay in Genealogy | Bernard Arthur Owen Williams
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Saw this sign at my local bookstore today.

Tamra Amen 2y
BookishBeth I need that sign. ❤️ 2y
Booksnchill Truth! 2y
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Suet624 ❤️👍🏼😍 2y
GripLitGrl 😍👍 2y
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SpiderGoddess
Truth & Truthfulness: An Essay in Genealogy | Bernard Arthur Owen Williams
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Yes!.... I collect quotes that hit me like a ton of bricks... Feel free to share your favorites....

SassyBookworm “We aren‘t the things we collect, acquire, read. We are, for as long as we are here, only love. The things we loved. The people we loved. And these, I think these really do live on.” & There ain‘t nobody in the world like book people. From 2y
SpiderGoddess Wow! Beautiful! 2y
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Librariana 🤣😄😊 2y
diovival I feel attacked 😮 2y
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