What is this website about?

 As this website develops I will consider the idea of truth and other important related philosophical concepts such as belief, knowledge, logical reasoning, and the justification and verification of ideas. I will also emphasise the desirability of drawing our beliefs into a coherent, although ever-changing worldview.

In our exploration of these concepts, I feel strongly that we should have regard to everyday experience, the nature of language, the structure of logic, and enlightening systematic studies of all kinds including (but not limited to) science, the philosophy of science and more general philosophical scholarship. 

Much of what is written here is motivated by the belief that it is very often it is much more important to understand the justifications and motivations for our beliefs rather than be over-concerned about whether or not they are definitively and absolutely true or false.

We should have due regard to the way in which our present culture and place within human history moulds our belief systems. In addition, we should be prepared to revise our ideas in the light of experience and contemplation instead of mistakenly clinging to unnecessary certainties.

Contents Index (so far) 

1.1 Preface and Outline

Part A: Truth

Section A1: Introduction

1.2 Orientation
1.3 Opening Remarks on Faith, Simplicity, Justification and Facts
1.4 Thoughts to Ponder

Section A2: Ordinary Language Meanings of Truth and Their Implications

2.1 A Linguistic Trap?
2.2 Testimonial Truth
2.3 True by Definition
2.4  Truth as Accuracy of Description

2.5 An Introduction to the use of the Term ‘Logical Truth’ in the Processes of Assertion and Argument

Part 1 Summary of Ideas
Part 2 Three Types of Logical Reasoning
Part 3 Logical Deduction
Part 4 Deductive Logic as Connected Assertions
Part 5 Induction, Abduction and Mechanistic Thinking
Part 6 Mill’s Methods
Part 7 Modal Logic and Other Topics
Part 8 Non-human Logic

2.6  Axioms or Assumed Truths

Part 1 Overview
Part 2 Descriptive Axioms
Part 3 Modification of Descriptive Axioms and Axiomatic Sets, The Example of Physics
Part 4 Commentary on Logical Axioms
Part 5 Commentary on Mathematical Axioms

Section A3: Standard Explanatory Theories Concerning the Nature of Truth

Part 1 An Overview of Explanatory Theories of Truth

Part  B:  Learning from Scientific Practice and the Philosophy of Science

5.5    Epistemic Emergence in Scientific Description
5.15  Astronomy as a Case Study in the Development of Conceptual Coherence
5.16  Is time ‘real’ or an illusion?

Part  C:   Addendum

An Explanatory Biographical Note

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