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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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Disquotational Truth and Factually Defective Discourse

Disquotational Truth and Factually Defective Discourse

(p.222) 8 Disquotational Truth and Factually Defective Discourse
Truth and the Absence of Fact

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Some discourse (e.g. involving vague or indeterminate terms, normative language, or conditionals) can seem ‘factually defective’: it generates issues about which there seems to be ‘no fact of the matter’. But there seems to be a difficulty in making sense of factually defective discourse, and in explaining the division between it and other discourse, if one holds that the basic notion of truth is a fairly minimal one. The chapter argues that we can overcome the difficulty: we can recognize and account for several different kinds of factual defectiveness while adhering to a very minimal notion of truth.

Keywords:   conditionals, disquotation, indeterminacy, interpersonal synonymy, non‐factuality, normative discourse, reference, supervaluation, truth, vagueness

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