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New Essays on Tarski and Philosophy$
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Douglas Patterson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199296309

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296309.001.0001

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Tarski's Conceptual Analysis of Semantical Notions

Tarski's Conceptual Analysis of Semantical Notions

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(p.72) 4 Tarski's Conceptual Analysis of Semantical Notions
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New Essays on Tarski and Philosophy
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Solomon Feferman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296309.003.0004

Tarski gave celebrated conceptual analyses of semantical notions. This chapter explores both why and how he did so. The latter question receives a clear answer: Tarski was above all influenced by his studies of set-theoretic topology in the environment of 1920s Warsaw. It is less clear why Tarski gave his analyses, though a number of psychological and programmatic reasons are explored. Extensive comparisons of the philosophical and mathematical aspects of Tarski's treatment of truth are undertaken.

Keywords:   Tarski, truth, semantical notions

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