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The Good and the True$
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Michael Morris

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239444

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239444.001.0001

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The Core of a Theory

The Core of a Theory

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(p.143) 9 The Core of a Theory
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The Good and the True
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Michael Morris

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239444.003.0010

This chapter posits that a truth-conditional account would meet the externalism condition of content. It also accounts content in terms of the attribution of truth. Kripke discussed a dispositionalist account of plus and quus. The chapter also suggests a diagnosis of the impossibility of any natural-scientific reduction of content. This diagnosis can be linked with the suggestion of a truth-conditional theory of content: truth itself is a value. Truth is taken to be a property of conceptual content. The chapter also discusses the idea of concept-possession. Discussions in this chapter include: an outline of the theory; the value of truth; values and reduction; the ‘is-ought’ distinction; and a more precise formulation of the theory.

Keywords:   truth-conditional account, externalism, Kripke, quus, reduction, value, conceptual content, concept-possessors, is-ought distinction

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