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TitleTruth and Its Nature (if Any) [electronic resource] / edited by Jaroslav Peregrin
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1999
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Descript XVIII, 221 p. online resource


The question how to turn the principles implicitly governing the concept of truth into an explicit definition (or explication) of the concept hence coalesced with the question how to get a finite grip on the infinity of T-sentences. Tarski's famous and ingenious move was to introduce a new concept, satisfaction, which could be, on the one hand, recursively defined, and which, on the other hand, straightforwardly yielded an explication of truth. A surprising 'by-product' of Tarski's effort to bring truth under control was the breathtaking finding that truth is in a precisely defined sense ineffable, that no nonยญ trivial language can contain a truth-predicate which would be adequate for the very 4 language . This implied that truth (and consequently semantic concepts to which truth appeared to be reducible) proved itself to be strangely 'language-dependent': we can have a concept of truth-in-L for any language L, but we cannot have a concept of truth applicable to every language. In a sense, this means, as Quine (1969, p. 68) put it, that truth belongs to "transcendental metaphysics", and Tarski's 'scientific' investigations seem to lead us back towards a surprising proximity of some more traditional philosophical views on truth. 3. TARSKI'S THEORY AS A PARADIGM So far Tarski himself. Subsequent philosophers then had to find out what his considerations of the concept of truth really mean and what are their consequences; and this now seems to be an almost interminable task


I. Past Masters on Truth -- Frege: Assertion, Truth and Meaning -- Carnap, Syntax, and Truth -- Jamesโ{128}{153}s Conception of Truth -- II. Tarski and Correspondence -- Semantic Conception of Truth as a Philosophical Theory -- Truth, Correspondence, Satisfaction -- Do We Need Correspondence Truth? -- Tarskian Truth as Correspondence โ{128}{148} Replies to Some Objections -- III. The Substantiality of Truth -- The Centrality of Truth -- Mapping the Structure of Truth: Davidson Contra Rorty -- The Explanatory Value of Truth Theoriesembodying the Semantic Conception -- Negative Truth and Knowledge -- IV. The Insubstantiality of Truth: The Pros and Cons of Deflationism -- Deflationary Truth, Aboutness and Meaning -- The Substance of Deflation -- Does the Strategy of Austerity Work? -- Rethinking the Concept of Truth: A Critique of Deflationism

Philosophy Epistemology Logic Modern philosophy Language and languages -- Philosophy Semantics Philosophy Philosophy of Language Epistemology Logic Semantics Modern Philosophy


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