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The Correspondence Theory of Truth

Marian David

in The Oxford Handbook of Truth

Published in print July 2018 | ISBN: 9780199557929
Published online September 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191749773 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557929.013.9

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Correspondence Theory of Truth

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A classical formulation of the correspondence theory of truth tells us that truth is a general relational property, involving a characteristic relation to some portion of reality. The relation is said to be correspondence; the portion of reality is said to be a fact. Even so, the theory has a lengthy history, and many versions relied on objects rather than facts. This chapter reviews the various options for formulating a correspondence theory of truth, along with the relata they presuppose, and the nature of the correspondence relation they rely upon. It concentrates on fact-based theories, and the nature of the truth-bearers and facts they presuppose.

Keywords: truth; correspondence; fact; proposition; logical atomism; subject; predicate; structure; Russell; Moore; Austin; Aquinas

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Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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