In this collection of essays, which were first delivered as lectures at the International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein in 1998, distinguished philosopher Peter Geach confronts some of the most difficult issues in philosophy with the precision of a logician and the grace and wit of an accomplished stylist.
These essays constitute a significant addition to Professor Geach’s esteemed body of work in philosophy, as he addresses not only problems of logic and analytic philosophy, but also of epistemology and ethics. Geach’s engaging discussions of human nature, truth, goodness, and love provide probing insight into perennial themes in an appealing, highly readable style which is nevertheless forceful and exacting. Geach knows the subjectivity of his own experience and belief and is able to illuminate that experience and belief by submitting it to a rational and philosophical inquiry.
His avowed Catholic perspective is neither a weapon nor a shield. It is an integral part of the sustained, systematic, and constructive approach to philosophy demonstrated in these essays. They will certainly provoke serious reflection even in those inclined to disagree with Geach’s conclusions.
This earnest, thoughtful work will be of value philosophers.
Truth and Hope is a collection of essays by distinguished philosopher Peter Geach that address central philosophical issues in Geach’s characteristically flawless style.
“These essays add new material to the corpus of important and well-received writings already published by Professor Geach. While he writes unapologetically from within a Christian world view, many of his views are highly original—quite different from the standard fare. Geach is widely considered one of the finest stylists in philosophy. Many of those who disagree strongly with what he says will nevertheless love how he says it. Above all these essays inspire critical thought on important topics.” — James M. DuBois, St. Louis University