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TRUTH

Martin Kusch

in Knowledge by Agreement

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780199251223
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601767 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251223.003.0017
TRUTH

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Applies finitism to ’true’ and ’false’. Applying finitism to truth leads to radical and surprising consequences. If ’true’ does not have a fixed extension, then it is simply incoherent to speak of, or tacitly rely on, the idea of ’all true statements’ (or ’all true propositions’, or ’all true beliefs’, or ’all true sentences’). And if this idea is illegitimate, then so are traditional ways of thinking about scientific progress (’we are getting ever closer to the truth’). The finitistic theory of meaning constitutes an important constraint on all theories of truth. The finitistic constraint rules out theories of truth that make use of fixed extensions.

Keywords: correspondence theory of truth; deflationism; meaning finitism; minimalism; pragmatism; truth

Chapter.  7905 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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