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Truth and the Absence of Fact$
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Hartry Field

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242894

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199242895.001.0001

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Tarski's Theory of Truth

Tarski's Theory of Truth

(p.3) 1 Tarski's Theory of Truth
Truth and the Absence of Fact

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Argues that the philosophical significance of Tarski's ‘truth‐definitions’ is that they show how certain semantic features of complex expressions are reducible to the semantic features of the primitive expressions from which they are built; they leave the semantic features of the primitives unexplained, and we need an account of that to complete the reduction. The role of the truth schema, by contrast, is to give pre‐theoretic clarity to the term ‘true’; it is important to keep these two roles distinguished and to recognize which role is performed by which part of the theory. A new postscript replies to some objections but also offers an updated perspective on the issues.

Keywords:   physicalism, reference, Tarski, truth

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