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Truth and an African Language

Kwasi Wiredu

in African Philosophy

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195114409
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785827 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019511440X.003.0003
 Truth and an African Language

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This essay compares the conceptions of truth within Akan and Western languages. It explores Western conceptions of truth, focusing on the correspondence, coherence, and pragmatic theories of truth. It argues that the Akan language helps clarify thinking about how to know what can be characterized as truth. The unification of the three competing Western theories of truth is possible by an infusion of the Akan conception of truth.

Keywords: truth; Western tradition; Akan; correspondence theory; coherence theory; pragmatic theory

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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