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Truth and Truthfulness:
An Essay in Genealogy
Bernard Williams

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 1: The Problem
1. Truthfulness and Truth 1
2. Authority 7
3. Nietzsche 12
Chapter 2: Genealogy
1. Real and Fictional 20
2. Naturalism 22
3. The State of Nature Is Not the Pleistocene 27
4. How Can Fictions Help? 31
5. Shameful Origins 35
6. The Genealogy of Truthfulness 38
Chapter 3: The State of Nature: A Rough Guide
1. The Division of Labour 41
2. Plain Truths 45
3. Space, Time, and Indeterminacy 53
4. Value: The Story So Far 57
Chapter 4: Truth, Assertion, and Belief
1. Truth Itself 63
2. Assertions and Truth 66
3. Assertions and Knowledge 76
4. Beliefs and Truth 79
Chapter 5: Sincerity: Lying and Other Styles of Deceit
1. Value: An Internal Connection? 84
2. Trust 88
3. Trustworthiness in Speech 93
4. Dispositions of Sincerity 96
5. Fetishizing Assertion 100
6. Deserving the Truth 110
Chapter 6: Accuracy: A Sense of Reality
1. The Elaboration of Accuracy 123
2. Methods and Obstacles 126
3. Realismand Fantasy 135
4. Truthfulness and Freedom 141
Chapter 7: What Was Wrong with Minos?
1. Introduction 149
2. Thucydides 151
3. "Legendary Times" 155
4. The Past and the Truth 161
Chapter 8: From Sincerity to Authenticity
1. An Ambiguous Invention 172
2. Rousseau 173
3. Diderot and Rameau's Nephew 185
4. Steadying the Mind 191
5. Authenticity and Other People 199
Chapter 9: Truthfulness, Liberalism, and Critique
1. Truth and Politics 206
2. Democracy and Liberty 210
3. The Marketplace of Ideas 213
4. Critique 219
5. The Critical Theory Test 225
Chapter 10: Making Sense
1. Narratives 233
2. Structures and Explanations 241
3. Audiences 250
4. Needs 258
Endnote. The Vocabulary of Truth: An Example 271
Notes 279
Bibliography 309
Acknowledgements 321
Index 323

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