The Explanatory Role of the Concept of Truth

Paul Horwich

in Truth

Second edition

Published in print December 1998 | ISBN: 9780198752233
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597732 | DOI:
 The Explanatory Role of the Concept of Truth

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It is argued here that the existence of various explanatory principles, couched in terms of truth, does not call for an analysis of truth—a theory of its underlying nature. In particular, minimalist accounts are given of three such principles: (1) that true beliefs tend to facilitate the achievement of practical goals; (2) that beliefs obtained as a result of certain methods of inquiry tend to be true; and (3) that the truth of a scientific theory accounts for its empirical success.

Keywords: concept of truth; explanatory role; truth

Chapter.  3004 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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