Reason, Truth and Reality
Published: June 2009© 2009
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 400 Pages
Dimensions: 6.30 x 9.39
400 Pages, 6.30 x 9.39 x 1.02 in
Dan Goldstick's Reason, Truth, and Reality addresses two questions: what sort of world do we inhabit? and what moral obligations do we have? To answer the questions Goldstick mounts a bold contemporary defense of pre-Kantian rationalism. Basing consideration upon a characterization of reason in its deductive, inductive, and ethical functioning, he asks what must hold good for reason so characterized to be a dependable guide to truth.
The conclusions Goldstick draws are threefold. First of all, the argument points to continuous deterministic causality throughout space and time. In the second place, a case is made for universal impermanence. And thirdly, Goldstick claims to establish a basis for the right within a version of utilitarianism supporting the maximum long-term promotion of people's interests. The discussion takes in such traditional rationalist themes as aprioricity, conceivability, and antiscepticism, and such analytic topics as belief-and-desire, truthvaluelessness, and epistemic reliability.
'Reason, Truth, and Reality is probably the best book written by a Canadian philosopher in the last fifteen years. An important work of unified philosophical vision, it is fresh, creative, bold, and interesting. Every page is full of surprises, good sense, imagination, and rigorous argument. Dan Goldstick's work proposes solutions for many long-standing philosophical problems, solutions that deserve vigorous examination and discussion. This is masterly philosophy by any measure.' Duncan MacIntosh, Department of Philosophy, Dalhousie University