Taking the Hierarchy Seriously

Barry Taylor

in Models, Truth, and Realism

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780199286690
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604065 | DOI:
 Taking the Hierarchy Seriously

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This chapter examines Crispin Wright’s account of truth as superassertibility, and the account with which Putnam proposes in Reason, Truth, and History — of truth as idealized rational acceptability. It is argued that both can be represented as attempts to take a version of Part One’s Hierarchy of Certification as a serious analytic tool rather than as a disposable heuristic ladder.

Keywords: Crispin Wright; Hilary Putnam; Hierarchy of Certification; superassertibility

Chapter.  3076 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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