Wright is one of the major proponents of neo-logicism , alongside his frequent collaborator Bob Hale. He has also written Wittgenstein and the Foundations of Mathematics In general metaphysics, his most important work is Truth and Objectivity Harvard University Press, He argues in this book that there need be no single, discourse-invariant thing in which truth consists, making an analogy with identity. Wright also argues that in some contexts, probably including moral contexts, superassertibility will effectively function as a truth predicate.
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Is there, for example, such a thing as fully objective truth, or is our talk of "truth" merely a projection onto the world of what we find acceptable in moral argument, scientific theory, mathematical discourse? Such questions are at the center of Truth and Objectivity, which offers an original perspective on the place of "realism" in philosophical inquiry. Crispin Wright proposes a radically new framework for the discussion of the claims of the realists who think of truth as fully objective and the anti-realists who oppose them - a framework which rejects the classical "deflationary" conception of truth yet allows both realist and antirealist to respect the intuition that judgements whose status they contest, such as those in moral argument and theoretical science, may often justifiably be regarded as true.
The real issues that must be resolved if the contest between realist and anti-realist views of a range of judgements is to be properly adjudicated are different, and are here developed in detail from a sharply novel perspective. In addition, Wright offers original critical discussions of many central concerns of philosophers interested in realism, including the "deflationary" conception of truth, internal realist truth, scientific realism and the theoreticity of observation, truth and "correspondence to fact," role of moral states of affairs in explanations of moral beliefs, anti-realism about content, and the "quietism" toward this whole tradition of debate favored by some philosophers of Wittgensteinian sympathies.
Recasting important questions about truth and objectivity in new and helpful terms, his book will become a focus in the contemporary debates over realism, and will give new impetus to these debates in all areas of philosophy. Inflating Deflationism 2. Minimal Truth, Internal Realism and Superassertibility 3. Cognitive Command and the Theoreticity of Observation 5. Realism and the Best Explanation of Belief 6. Quietism Appendix: On an Argument against the Coherence of Minimalism about Meaning Index show more Review quote Truth and Objectivity is a strikingly resourceful and serious book, imbued with respect for the difficulty of philosophical problems and a readiness to probe them with all the conceptual instruments of contemporary analytic philosophy.
Truth and Objectivity