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Representation and the Modern Correspondence Theory of Truth

Michael Glanzberg

in Meaning Without Representation

Published in print August 2015 | ISBN: 9780198722199
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191789045 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722199.003.0005
Representation and the Modern Correspondence Theory of Truth

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This chapter aims to articulate and place on a firmer footing a substantial theory of truth—in particular, a modern version of the correspondence theory of truth. It is explained how the modern theory improves upon more traditional correspondence theories by unburdening itself of a metaphysically contentious commitment to a structural correspondence relation between truth-bearers and facts. In addition, the relation of the modern theory to semantics is explained. Following Davidson, it is argued that we can learn a lot about the notion of truth by studying its inter-relations with other basic notions, as exhibited in the semantics of natural languages.

Keywords: truth; correspondence; facts; Donald Davidson; truth-makers

Chapter.  11255 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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