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Three Trivial Truth Theories

Ernest Lepore and Barry Loewer

in Meaning, Mind, and Matter

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580781
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595264 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580781.003.0003
Three Trivial Truth Theories

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Donald Davidson championed the idea that core of a theory of meaning is a Tarskian absolute truth theory. A number of theorists, in response, have argued that devising such theories is so easy that they cannot have the philosophical import Davidson attributes to them. This chapter argues, however, that the sort of theories these authors consider fail to satisfy crucial conditions an adequate semantic theory for a natural language should meet.

Keywords: truth theories; natural language; semantic theory; D. Davidson

Chapter.  6237 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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