December 18th, 2014
Episode 423 of 533 episodes
The question of what exactly truth is has exercised the best philosophical minds since antiquity. Pontius Pilate famously asked: what is truth? In the 20th century, the nature of truth became a subject of particular interest to philosophers, but they preferred to ask a slightly different question: what does it mean to say of any particular statement that it is true? What is the difference between these two questions, and how useful is the second of them? Melvyn Bragg is joined by Simon Blackburn, Fellow of Trinity College, University of Cambridge, and Professor of Philosophy at the New College of the Humanities; Jennifer Hornsby, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London and Crispin Wright, Regius Professor of Logic at the University of Aberdeen, and Professor of Philosophy at New York University.