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Truth

Alexis G. Burgess & John P. Burgess
Format
Book
Published
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2011]
Language
English
Series
Princeton Foundations of Contemporary Philosophy
ISBN
9780691144016, 069114401X, 0691163677, 9780691163673
Summary
"This is a concise, advanced introduction to current philosophical debates about truth. A blend of philosophical and technical material, the book is organized around, but not limited to, the tendency known as deflationism, according to which there is not much to say about the nature of truth. In clear language, Burgess and Burgess cover a wide range of issues, including the nature of truth, the status of truth-value gaps, the relationship between truth and meaning, relativism and pluralism about truth, and semantic paradoxes from Alfred Tarski to Saul Kripke and beyond. Following a brief introduction that reviews the most influential traditional and contemporary theories of truth, short chapters cover Tarski, deflationism, indeterminacy, realism, antirealism, Kripke, and the possible insolubility of semantic paradoxes. The book provides a rich picture of contemporary philosophical theorizing about truth, one that will be essential reading for philosophy students as well as philosophers specializing in other areas."--Publisher.
Contents
  • Introduction. Traditional Theories ; Contemporary Theories ; Paradoxes ; Plan ; Sentences ; Propositions
  • Tarski. "Semantic" Truth ; Object Language vs Metalanguage ; Recursive Definition ; Direct Definition ; Self-Reference ; Model Theory
  • Deflationism. Redundancy ; Other Radical Theories ; Disquotation ; Other Moderate Theories ; Sloganeering ; Reference
  • Indeterminacy. Presupposition ; Vagueness ; Denial, Disqualification, Deviance ; Doublespeak, Dependency, Defeatism ; Relativity ; Local vs Global
  • Realism. Realism vs Deflationism ; Correspondence Theories ; Truthmaker Theories ; Physicalism ; Utility ; Normativity
  • Antirealism. ; Meaning and Truth ; Davidsonianism ; Dummettianism vs Davidsonianism ; Dummettianism vs Deflationism ; Holism ; Pluralism
  • Kripke .Kripke vs Tarski ; The Minimum Fixed Point ; Ungroundedness ; The Transfinite Construction ; Revision ; Axiomatics ; Insolubility?
  • Paradoxical Reasoning. "Revenge" ; Logical "Solutions" ; "Paraconsistency" ; Contextualist "Solutions" ; Inconsistency Theories.
Description
xii, 158 pages ; 23 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-152) and index.
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