How Not To Be an Anti-Realist: Habermas, Truth, and Justification.

Zuidervaart, Lambert. “How Not to Be an Anti-Realist: Habermas, Truth, and Justification.” Philosophia Reformata 77 (2012): 1-18. Also in Truth Matters: Knowledge, Politics, Ethics, Religion (McGill-Queen’s University Press, forthcoming).

This essay proposes a way past the debate between realist and anti-realist conceptions of truth in analytic philosophy. Responding to Alvin Plantinga’s paper “How To Be an Anti-Realist,” I propose a new account of propositional truth, one that emphasizes the interdependence between mind and object. I develop this account in interaction with J├╝rgen Habermas’s “pragmatic realism.”