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Tarski's Theory of Truth

Hartry Field

in Truth and the Absence of Fact

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780199242894
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597381 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199242895.003.0001
 Tarski's Theory of Truth

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Argues that the philosophical significance of Tarski's ‘truth‐definitions’ is that they show how certain semantic features of complex expressions are reducible to the semantic features of the primitive expressions from which they are built; they leave the semantic features of the primitives unexplained, and we need an account of that to complete the reduction. The role of the truth schema, by contrast, is to give pre‐theoretic clarity to the term ‘true’; it is important to keep these two roles distinguished and to recognize which role is performed by which part of the theory. A new postscript replies to some objections but also offers an updated perspective on the issues.

Keywords: physicalism; reference; Tarski; truth

Chapter.  15780 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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