Michael Dummett and the Past

Graham Sullivan


In this paper, I examine Michael Dummett’s attempt in his book Truth and the Past to reconcile justificationism with belief in the reality of the past. I conclude that Dummett succeeds in incorporating both positions into a single consistent account, but that his arguments in favour of this account are not compelling. I argue also that Dummett, in relaxing his justificationism enough to allow for a real past, denies himself the use of some of the arguments supposed to have established that justificationism in the first place.


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