The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMidwest Studies in Philosophy
Subtitle of host publicationTruth and its Deformities
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781405191456
StatePublished - Apr 17 2009


  • Ambiguity - has too many meanings, and is very opposite of vagueness
  • Deliberate vagueness and deliberately partial truth - sometimes benign
  • Falsity - seems to function, with rare exceptions, as an abstract noun
  • Many theories of truth - what it is for a claim to be true is the same, regardless of what the claim is about
  • Partial truth in the first sense (a proposition that is not wholly true) - is, strictly speaking, just plain false
  • Problems with partial truth and some vagaries of vagueness
  • Trouble with "truth" and "truths " - truth, true-ness, is not to be identified with acceptance-as-true
  • Vagueness is usually contrasted with precision - and precision, like vagueness, is subtler than is sometimes supposed
  • Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth - this dual role of the word "truth" giving rise to trouble

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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