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On the Explanatory Role of Correspondence Truth

Kitcher Philip

in Preludes to Pragmatism

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199899555
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980154 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899555.003.0005
On the Explanatory Role of Correspondence Truth

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This chapter attempts to answer the urge to use quotation marks in writing about truth. Its central theme is the possibility of reducing the notion of truth to that of reference, conceiving of reference as an objective relation between signs and language-independent entities, and using Tarski's approach to define “truth.” The chapter also attempts to show how deeply embedded in our everyday accounts of successful behavior—paradigmatically, in our observation of others—is the thought that accurate representation explains behavioral proficiency.

Keywords: truth; reference; language-independent entities; Tarski; successful behavior; representation; behavioral proficiency

Chapter.  8379 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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