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Truth and the Absence of Fact
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Truth and the Absence of Fact

Hartry Field

Abstract

This is a collection of papers, written over many years, with substantial postscripts tying them together and giving an updated perspective on them. The first five are on the notions of truth and truth‐conditions, and their role in a theory of meaning and of the content of our mental states. The next five deal with what I call ‘factually defective discourse’—discourse that gives rise to issues about which, it is tempting to say that, there is no fact of the matter as to the right answer; one particular kind of factually defective discourse is called ‘indeterminacy’, and it gets the bulk of the ... More

Keywords: correspondence theory of truth, factual defectiveness, Hartry Field, indeterminacy, meaning, philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, objectivity, Quine, reference, semantics, Stalnaker, Tarski, truth, truth‐condition, vagueness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199242894
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199242895.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hartry Field, author
New York University
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