Forms of Truth and the Unity of Knowledge
366 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 , 17 line drawings and 5 b&w halftones
Paperback | 9780268031114 | October 2014
Hardcover | 9780268206185 | August 2022
eBook (Web PDF) | 9780268081775 | October 2014
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.
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.
"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