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Forms of Truth and the Unity of Knowledge

Forms of Truth and the Unity of Knowledge

Edited by Vittorio Hösle

Forms of Truth and the Unity of Knowledge addresses a philosophical subject—the nature of truth and knowledge—but treats it in a way that draws on insights beyond the usual confines of modern philosophy. This ambitious collection includes contributions from established scholars in philosophy, theology, mathematics, chemistry, biology, psychology, literary criticism, history, and architecture. It represents an attempt to integrate the insights of these disciplines and to help them probe their own basic presuppositions and methods.

The essays in Forms of Truth and the Unity of Knowledge are collected into five parts, the first dealing with division of knowledge into multiple disciplines in Western intellectual history; the second with the foundational disciplines of epistemology, logic, and mathematics; the third with explanation in the natural sciences; the fourth with truth and understanding in disciplines of the humanities; and the fifth with art and theology.

Contributors: Vittorio Hösle, Keith Lehrer, Robert Hanna, Laurent Lafforgue, Thomas Nowak, Francisco J. Ayala, Zygmunt Pizlo, Osborne Wiggins, Allan Gibbard, Carsten Dutt, Aviezer Tucker, Nicola Di Cosmo, Michael Lykoudis, and Celia Deane-Drummond.

“This outstanding collection brings together first-rate scholars, hailing from disciplines as varied as mathematics, biology, chemistry, architecture, literary studies, engineering, and theology, and invites them to reflect on the specific truth experience of their branch of knowledge. By doing justice to the diversity of this experience and at the same time to the unity of the quest for truth, this volume stupendously renews the classical idea of the unity of knowledge, indeed the beautiful metaphor of the tree of knowledge.” — Jean Grondin, University of Montreal

ISBN: 978-0-268-03111-4
E-ISBN 978-0-268-08177-5
368 pages
Publication Year: 2014

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Vittorio Hösle is Paul G. Kimball Chair of Arts and Letters in the Department of German Languages and Literatures, and concurrent professor of philosophy and political science at the University of Notre Dame. He was founding director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Many Faces of Beauty (2013), The Philosophical Dialogue: A Poetics and a Hermeneutics (2012), and Morals and Politics (2004), all published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

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Morals and Politics

Vittorio Hösle
Translated by Steven Rendall

P01011

Darwinism and Philosophy


Edited by Vittorio Hösle and Christian Illies

P01177

Woody Allen

An Essay on the Nature of the Comical

Vittorio Hösle

P03364

William Desmond and Contemporary Theology


Edited by Christopher Ben Simpson and Brendan Thomas Sammon

P03313

Linguistics and Philosophy

An Essay on the Philosophical Constants of Language

Étienne Gilson
Translated by John Lyon

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Introductory Modal Logic

Kenneth J. Konyndyk, Jr.

Forms of Truth and the Unity of Knowledge


Edited by Vittorio Hösle

 Forms of Truth and the Unity of Knowledge
Paper Edition

Forms of Truth and the Unity of Knowledge addresses a philosophical subject—the nature of truth and knowledge—but treats it in a way that draws on insights beyond the usual confines of modern philosophy. This ambitious collection includes contributions from established scholars in philosophy, theology, mathematics, chemistry, biology, psychology, literary criticism, history, and architecture. It represents an attempt to integrate the insights of these disciplines and to help them probe their own basic presuppositions and methods.

The essays in Forms of Truth and the Unity of Knowledge are collected into five parts, the first dealing with division of knowledge into multiple disciplines in Western intellectual history; the second with the foundational disciplines of epistemology, logic, and mathematics; the third with explanation in the natural sciences; the fourth with truth and understanding in disciplines of the humanities; and the fifth with art and theology.

Contributors: Vittorio Hösle, Keith Lehrer, Robert Hanna, Laurent Lafforgue, Thomas Nowak, Francisco J. Ayala, Zygmunt Pizlo, Osborne Wiggins, Allan Gibbard, Carsten Dutt, Aviezer Tucker, Nicola Di Cosmo, Michael Lykoudis, and Celia Deane-Drummond.

“This outstanding collection brings together first-rate scholars, hailing from disciplines as varied as mathematics, biology, chemistry, architecture, literary studies, engineering, and theology, and invites them to reflect on the specific truth experience of their branch of knowledge. By doing justice to the diversity of this experience and at the same time to the unity of the quest for truth, this volume stupendously renews the classical idea of the unity of knowledge, indeed the beautiful metaphor of the tree of knowledge.” — Jean Grondin, University of Montreal

ISBN: 978-0-268-03111-4

368 pages