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Truth Bearers

Scott Soames

in Understanding Truth

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780195123357
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199872114 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195123352.003.0002
 Truth Bearers

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A variety of truth bearers are considered – statements, beliefs, claims, assumptions, hypotheses, propositions, sentences, and utterances. It is argued that statements, beliefs, claims, assumptions, and hypotheses – in the sense of things stated, believed, claimed, assumed, and hypothesized – can be identified with propositions, but that these, in turn, cannot be identified with sentences or utterances. Propositions are distinguished as the primary bearers of truth, while sentences and utterances are properly characterized as true in virtue of expressing true propositions.

Keywords: propositions; sentences; statements; truth; truth bearers; utterances

Chapter.  3108 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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