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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss philosophical approaches to truth.

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the philosophy of truth. Pontius Pilate famously asked: what is truth? In the twentieth century, the nature of truth became a subject of particular interest to philosophers, but they preferred to ask a slightly different question: what does it mean to say of any particular statement that it is true? What is the difference between these two questions, and how useful is the second of them?


Simon Blackburn
Fellow of Trinity College, University of Cambridge, and Professor of Philosophy at the New College of the Humanities

Jennifer Hornsby
Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London

Crispin Wright
Regius Professor of Logic at the University of Aberdeen, and Professor of Philosophy at New York University

Producer: Victoria Brignell and Luke Mulhall.

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Simon Blackburn at the University of Cambridge

Jennifer Hornsby at Birkbeck, University of London

Crispin Wright at the University of Aberdeen

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Truth - Wikipedia



Helen Beebee and Julian Dodd (eds.), Truthmakers: The Contemporary Debate (Oxford University Press, 2005)

Simon Blackburn, Truth: A Guide (Oxford University Press, 2007)

Simon Blackburn, Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed (Penguin, 2006)

Simon Blackburn and Keith Simmons (eds), Truth (Oxford University Press, 1999)

Michael P. Lynch, Truth as One and Many (Oxford University Press, 2009)


Role Contributor
Presenter Melvyn Bragg
Producer Victoria Brignell
Producer Luke Mulhall
Interviewed Guest Simon Blackburn
Interviewed Guest Jennifer Hornsby
Interviewed Guest Crispin Wright


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