Likeness to Truth

  • Graham Oddie

Part of the The University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Graham Oddie
    Pages 1-20
  3. Graham Oddie
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  4. Graham Oddie
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  5. Graham Oddie
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  6. Graham Oddie
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  8. Graham Oddie
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 189-220

About this book


The concept of likeness to truth, like that of truth itself, is fundamental to a realist conception of inquiry. To demonstrate this we need only make two rather modest aim of an inquiry, as an inquiry, is realist assumptions: the truth doctrine (that the the truth of some matter) and the progress doctrine (that one false theory may realise this aim better than another). Together these yield the conclusion that a false theory may be more truthlike, or closer to the truth, than another. It is the aim of this book to give a rigorous philosophical analysis of the concept of likeness to truth, and to examine the consequences, some of them no doubt surprising to those who have been unduly impressed by the (admittedly important) true/false dichotomy. Truthlikeness is not only a requirement of a particular philosophical outlook, it is as deeply embedded in common sense as the concept of truth. Everyone seems to be capable of grading various propositions, in different (hypothetical) situations, according to their closeness to the truth in those situations. And (if my experience is anything to go by) there is remarkable unanimity on these pretheoretical judge­ ments. This is not proof that there is a single coherent concept underlying these judgements. The whole point of engaging in philosophical analysis is to make this claim plausible.


Karl R. Popper interpret invariance proposition truth

Authors and affiliations

  • Graham Oddie
    • 1
  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentOtago UniversityNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8570-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4658-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-659X
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