Is Truth Valuable?
truth, intuition, entailment, morality, reason, logical theorems, justified beliefs, syntactic theory
This paper examines a puzzle about whether truth is a valuable property: Valuable properties, like beauty and moral goodness, come in degrees; but truth does not come in degrees. Hence, the argument concludes, truth is not valuable. This result is puzzling since it seems to conflict with a deep intuition that truth is valuable. It is suggested that a roughly Platonic theory, on which truth is distinguished into two different concepts, gives a satisfying answer to the puzzle. One of these concepts can be had in degrees, which, it is suggested, may be determined by the true proposition's explanatory power.
Original Publication Citation
“Is Truth Valuable?” Philosophy 88.3: 433–450.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Christensen, Ryan, "Is Truth Valuable?" (2013). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 30.
The Royal Institute of Philosophy