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The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth

Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Forthcoming

University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-27

28 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2008 Last revised: 15 Oct 2008

Susan Haack

University of Miami - School of Law; University of Miami - Department of Philosophy

Date Written: July 24, 2008

Abstract

"Much truth is spoken, that more may be concealed," wrote Mr. Justice Darling in 1879. Opening with an articulation of the distinction between truth (the concept) and truths (particular true propositions), this paper is largely devoted to:

(1) developing an account of the dual meaning of "partially true" - "true-in-part" vs. "part of the truth"; and

(2) understanding the reasons for, and the dangers of, the very common tendency to tell only part of the relevant truth.

Keywords: truth, truths, partial truth, Ramsey, laconicism, vagueness, deception

Suggested Citation

Haack, Susan, The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth (July 24, 2008). Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Forthcoming; University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-27. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1175042

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University of Miami - Department of Philosophy ( email )

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