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Title: The nature of truth
Authors: HO JONG-WEE
Keywords: Truth, Robust Theories, Deflationary Theories, Quine’s Disquotational Theory, Horwich’s Minimal Theory, Cognitive and Conversational Commitments
Issue Date: 30-Dec-2004
Citation: HO JONG-WEE (2004-12-30). The nature of truth. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Abstract I defend a deflationary approach to the problem of truth and argue that the robust theoriesa?? assumption that truth is a substantive property is unjustified. Thereafter, I present two prominent deflationary theories, namely, Quinea??s Disquotational Theory and Horwicha??s Minimal Theory. I argue that both theories fail to satisfy the two desiderata I set in this thesis for an ideal deflationary theory. I proceed to offer my account of truth. The truth predicate is a device for undertaking certain cognitive and conversational commitments. I substantiate my account with applications ranging from the simplest use of truth to its generalising uses in existential and universal claims, conditionals and with propositional attitudes expressions. Lastly, I argue that such understanding of the truth predicate explains everything about our concept and use of truth in language and thought. Hence deflationism.
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