Chapter

True and False—As If

JC Beall

in The Law of Non-Contradiction

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780199265176
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191713989 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265176.003.0013
True and False—As If

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This chapter advances a version of ‘deflated dialetheism’, a dialetheic truth theory motivated by a ‘deflationary’ conception of truth. In short: truth is an expressive device that we have constructed for practical purposes; it is also an inconsistent device (some sentences are true and not), but such inconsistency does not get in the way of the job ‘true’ was brought in to do. After presenting the target view, objections are addressed.

Keywords: deflated dialetheism; dialetheic truth theory; conception of truth

Chapter.  9149 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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