The Core of a Theory

Michael Morris

in The Good and the True

Published in print November 1992 | ISBN: 9780198239444
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679919 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

The Core of a Theory

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This chapter posits that a truth-conditional account would meet the externalism condition of content. It also accounts content in terms of the attribution of truth. Kripke discussed a dispositionalist account of plus and quus. The chapter also suggests a diagnosis of the impossibility of any natural-scientific reduction of content. This diagnosis can be linked with the suggestion of a truth-conditional theory of content: truth itself is a value. Truth is taken to be a property of conceptual content. The chapter also discusses the idea of concept-possession. Discussions in this chapter include: an outline of the theory; the value of truth; values and reduction; the ‘is-ought’ distinction; and a more precise formulation of the theory.

Keywords: truth-conditional account; externalism; Kripke; quus; reduction; value; conceptual content; concept-possessors; is-ought distinction

Chapter.  16162 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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