The Necessity of Errors

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The Necessity of Errors

Format:  Paperback,

309 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Oct 2011

ISBN-13: 9781844677399

ISBN-10: 1844677397

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Truth and error are interdependent; claims to truth can be made only in the light of previous error. In The Necessity of Errors, John Roberts explores how, up to Hegel, emphasis was placed on error as something that dissolves truth and needs to be eradicated. Drawing on the fragmented corpus of writing on error, from Locke to Luxemburg, Adorno to Vaneigem, and covering five key areas from philosophy to political praxis, this wide-ranging account explores how we learn from error, under what conditions, and with what means. Errors, Roberts finds, are productive, but not in any uniform sense or under all circumstances a theory of errors needs a dialectics of error.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Oct 2011
ISBN-13: 9781844677399
ISBN-10: 1844677397
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 309
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 0.9 x 9.1
Walmart No.: 9781844677399

Chapter outline

Prefacep. 1
Introduction: The renewal of truthp. 3
Error truth and the subjectp. 27
Error scientific progress and veridical truthp. 53
Error truth and psychoanalysisp. 109
Error, history and political praxisp. 157
Error, reason and artp. 207
Conclusionp. 253
Bibliographyp. 259
Notesp. 273
Indexp. 299

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Truth and error are interdependent; claims to truth can be made only in the light of previous error. In The Necessity of Errors, John Roberts explores how, up to Hegel, emphasis was placed on error as something that dissolves truth and needs to be eradicated. Drawing on the fragmented corpus of writing on error, from Locke to Luxemburg, Adorno to Vaneigem, and covering five key areas from philosophy to political praxis, this wide-ranging account explores how we learn from error, under what conditions, and with what means. Errors, Roberts finds, are productive, but not in any uniform sense or under all circumstances—a theory of errors needs a dialectics of error.

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