ABSTRACT

Talk of commitment to truth, or of the love of truth, is talk that seems to be of truth with a capital T. For many people that is precisely the difficulty. They do not believe that such talk is anything more than rhetoric. They will say that there are merely truths-true statements, propositions, judgments, thoughts. These cannot be the object of fidelity or of love. Truths may serve things which may be the proper objects of love and fidelity. When someone speaks of defending truth, he or she means defending the possibility of telling certain kinds of truths because of their impor­ tance to other things we value. If truth were important in itself, then we could satisfy our need for it by counting the chairs in the room, the clouds in the sky or the hairs on our arms. Thus goes a natural and influential line of argument.