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An Identity Theory of Truth - Julian Dodd

An Identity Theory of Truth


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This book argues that correspondence theories of truth fail because the relation which holds between a true thought and a fact is that of identity, not correspondence. According to Julian Dodd, facts are not complexes of worldly entities; they are, as Frege believed, true thoughts. The supposed truthmaker is nothing but the truthbearer.

The author christens this response to correspondence theories the modest identity theory, which he goes on to distinguish from those identity theories propounded, at some time or other, by Russell, Moore, Bradley, John McDowell and Jennifer Hornsby. It is acknowledged that the modest identity theory provides neither a definition of truth nor an account of what truth consists in. The modest identity theory's role is, by contrast, that of diagnosing the failure of correspondence theories, and thereby preparing the ground for a proper deflation of the concept of truth: a deflation defended in the latter part of the book.

"Dodd's book presents a clear, thorough account of work on identity theories of truth...Dodd's clear, thorough exposition of the issues, and his engagement with minimalism, rewards close study."--Michael Hay, "Australasian Journal of Philosophy"
"Exceptionally clearly argued...this is an excellent book...Dodd has thought-provoking things to say about the work of Ramsay, Tarski, Blackburn, Prior, Vendler, Rundle, and Salmon...The book is so well written that it could serve as a partisan introduction to truth for postgraduates and advanced undergraduates. Indeed, it could serve as a model of how to write good, clear philosophical prose. Overall, the book can profitably be read by anyone interested in the philosophy of truth."--Alexander Miller, "Mind"

Truthmakers, Facts and States of Affairs: A Critique of Correspondence
Propositions, Indirect Speech and Truthbearers
The Nature of Propositions: Thoughts versus States of Affairs
Facts are True Thoughts
From Correspondence to Identity
A Variety of Deflationism Defended
Aberrations of Rival Identity Theories
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ISBN: 9780230573710
ISBN-10: 0230573711
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st February 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 14.12  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1