The ashtray : (or the man who denied reality)
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Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
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9780226922683, 0226922685
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xv, 207 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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English

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In 1972, philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn threw an ashtray at Errol Morris. This book is the result. At the time, Morris was a graduate student. Now we know him as one of the most celebrated and restlessly probing filmmakers of our time, the creator of such classics of documentary investigation as The Thin Blue Line and The Fog of War. Kuhn, meanwhile, was--and, posthumously, remains--a star in his field, the author of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, a landmark book that has sold well over a million copies and introduced the concept of "paradigm shifts" to the larger culture. And Morris thought the idea was bunk. The Ashtray tells why--and in doing so, it makes a powerful case for Morris's way of viewing the world, and the centrality to that view of a fundamental conception of the necessity of truth. "For me," Morris writes, "truth is about the relationship between language and the world: a correspondence idea of truth." He has no patience for philosophical systems that aim for internal coherence and disdain the world itself. Morris is after bigger game: he wants to establish as clearly as possible what we know and can say about the world, reality, history, our actions and interactions. It's the fundamental desire that animates his filmmaking, whether he's probing Robert McNamara about Vietnam or the oddball owner of a pet cemetery. Truth may be slippery, but that doesn't mean we have to grease its path of escape through philosophical evasions. Rather, Morris argues powerfully, it is our duty to do everything we can to establish and support it

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Morris, E. (2018). The ashtray: (or the man who denied reality) . The University of Chicago Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Morris, Errol. 2018. The Ashtray: (or the Man Who Denied Reality). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Morris, Errol. The Ashtray: (or the Man Who Denied Reality) Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018.

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Morris, Errol. The Ashtray: (or the Man Who Denied Reality) The University of Chicago Press, 2018.

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