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The Source of the Concept of Truth

Michael Dummett

in The Seas of Language

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236214
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597350 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198236212.003.0008
The Source of the Concept of Truth

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We should address not the issue of the nature of truth, but rather that of the way we come by the very concept of truth. As Hilbert's discussion of quantifiers shows, the concept of truth is borne out of a more basic concept of justifiability. Our mastery of the most primitive aspects of the use of language to transmit information does not require even an implicit grasp of the concept of truth, but can be fully described in terms of the antecedent notion of justifiability.

Keywords: Hilbert; indicative conditionals; justifiability; Truth; verification

Chapter.  7278 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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