in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

Philosophy Forum: Recent Empirical Work on the Ordinary Concept of Truth


Dr. Robert Barnard

(University of Mississippi)

October 13th at 4:00-5:30

Bryant 200

“Recent Empirical Work on the Ordinary Concept of Truth”

“A typical guiding principle of an account of truth is: ‘truth is objective,’ or, to be clear, judging whether an assertion is true or false depends upon how things are in the world rather than how someone or some community believes it to be. Our ongoing empirical studies survey people’s responses to questions about truth involved prompts on objectivity. Our studies suggest the following: (1) overall, individuals tend to endorse claims that are consistent with the objectivity of truth; (2) not all conceptions of objectivity are equal, even people who endorse the objectivity of truth sometimes assent to one form of truth’s objectivity over other forms; (3) philosophers and non-philosophers both endorse the objectivity of truth, but the apparent commitment of philosophers is stronger.”


The format of this event will be a workshop of Dr. Barnard’s paper.  Requests for an advance copy of the paper can be directed to Dr. Donovan Wishon (  More information about future UM Philosophy Forum events can be found on the department calendar at