Guy L. Leonard Lecture Series

Michael P. Lynch
Professor of Philosophy

University of Connecticut

"The Varieties of Truth"
Thursday, September 27, 2012, 4:00 p.m.

Edmund J. Cain Hall (EJCH) 108H
University of Nevada, Reno



The philosophy of truth has historically centered around two debates: the debate between those who think truth is made and those who think it is found, and the debate between those who think that truth has a single nature and those that think it has no nature at all. In this talk, Michael Lynch will argue for a position that aims to reconcile both debates. According to this view, truth comes in kinds or varieties - some made, some found.


Michael Patrick Lynch is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut and the author or editor of seven books, including In Praise of Reason (in press), Truth as One and Many, Truth in Context and True to Life: Why Truth Matters, which the New York Times described as “marvelous…a passionate demonstration that truth matters…strikingly clear and painstakingly reasoned.” The latter book was recognized as the best book in philosophy in 2005 by ForeWord magazine, and selected as a New York Times “Editor’s Choice." The recipient of awards for both his research and his teaching, Lynch is a past Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Bogliasco Foundation. He is currently the President-Elect of the one hundred year old Southern Society of Philosophy and Psychology, and an Associate Fellow at both the Arché Center at the University of St. Andrews, and the Northern Institute of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. Lynch, whose work has been translated into multiple languages, is a contributor to the “The Stone” weblog, and has made appearances on NPR’s On Point, The Brian Lehrer Show and many others. He lectures frequently nationally and internationally.

Sponsored by: The Department of Philosophy, UNR, and The Guy L. Leonard Memorial Endowment

Free and open to the public