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The Seas of Language$
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Michael Dummett

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198236212.001.0001

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The Source of the Concept of Truth

The Source of the Concept of Truth

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(p.188) 8 The Source of the Concept of Truth
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The Seas of Language
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Michael Dummett (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/0198236212.003.0008

We should address not the issue of the nature of truth, but rather that of the way we come by the very concept of truth. As Hilbert's discussion of quantifiers shows, the concept of truth is borne out of a more basic concept of justifiability. Our mastery of the most primitive aspects of the use of language to transmit information does not require even an implicit grasp of the concept of truth, but can be fully described in terms of the antecedent notion of justifiability.

Keywords:   Hilbert, indicative conditionals, justifiability, Truth, verification

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