Synthese:1-17 (forthcoming)

Robert Barnard
University of Mississippi
Joseph Ulatowski
University of Waikato
It is often claimed by theorists of truth that truth is objective. Upon reflection, however, this familiar principle can be understood in multiple ways. With this in mind, we have conducted empirical studies designed to elicit people’s responses to questions about the objectivity of truth. These studies suggest the following: (1) overall, individuals tend to endorse claims that are consistent with the objectivity of truth; (2) individuals’ conceptions of the objectivity of truth can be importantly different from one another; (3) philosophers and non-philosophers both endorse the objectivity of truth, but the apparent commitment of philosophers is stronger.
Keywords truth  objectivity  experimental philosophy  Arne Naess
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-017-1605-7
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