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Correspondence and Disquotation : An Essay on the Nature of Truth - Marian David

Correspondence and Disquotation

An Essay on the Nature of Truth

Hardcover Published: 1st February 1994
ISBN: 9780195079241
Number Of Pages: 216

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Marian David defends the correspondence theory of truth against the disquotational theory of truth, its current major rival. The correspondence theory asserts that truth is a philosophically rich and profound notion which needs serious explanation. Disquotationalism is a radically deflationary philosophy of truth inspired by Tarski and propagated by Quine and others. It rejects the correspondence theory, insists truth is anemic, and advances an "anti-theory" of truth that is essentially a collection of platitudes: "Snow is white" is true only if snow is actually white; "Grass is green" is true only if grass is actually green. According to disquotationalists the only profound insight about truth is that it lacks profundity. David contrasts the correspondence theory with disquotationalism and then develops the latter position in rich detail - more than has been available in previous literature - to show its faults. He demonstrates that disquotationalism is not a tenable theory of truth, as it has too many absurd consequences.

"Marian David's book contains the most detailed and thorough examination I have seen of 'disquotationalism,' a view that is currently popular but which, as David's book shows, is beset with fundamental difficulties. I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in gaining a better understanding of the concept of truth."--Anil Gupta, Indiana University "A careful and informed discussion of the two most important types of theories of truth, the correspondence theories and the disquotational theories. David presents the theories and issues well, and raises some important challenges that disquotational theories must meet. His book will raise the level of discussion of the theory of truth."--Hartry Field, City University of New York "...excellent little book...I enjoyed this book very much. It is clear, tightly argued and represents the most searching examination of disquotationalism that has yet appeared. It deserves the attention of anyone interested in the still-vexed question of truth."--Mind "...includes a number of deeply insightful and rewarding contributions to the study of truth."--The Philosophical Review "It is very likely the most elaborate study of disquotationalism available in the philosophical literature to date....a significant contribution to truth theory."--Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic "Marian David's book contains the most detailed and thorough examination I have seen of 'disquotationalism,' a view that is currently popular but which, as David's book shows, is beset with fundamental difficulties. I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in gaining a better understanding of the concept of truth."--Anil Gupta, Indiana University "A careful and informed discussion of the two most important types of theories of truth, the correspondence theories and the disquotational theories. David presents the theories and issues well, and raises some important challenges that disquotational theories must meet. His book will raise the level of discussion of the theory of truth."--Hartry Field, City University of New York "...excellent little book...I enjoyed this book very much. It is clear, tightly argued and represents the most searching examination of disquotationalism that has yet appeared. It deserves the attention of anyone interested in the still-vexed question of truth."--Mind "...includes a number of deeply insightful and rewarding contributions to the study of truth."--The Philosophical Review

Introductionp. 3
Substantive Truth and Deflationary Truthp. 3
Correspondence and Disquotationp. 5
The Theory of Truthp. 7
The Structure of a Theory of Truthp. 10
Sentences as Truth Bearersp. 13
Correspondencep. 17
Corresponding to Factsp. 17
Falsehood and Contentp. 25
Representing States of Affairs That Obtainp. 31
Some Refinementsp. 40
Expressing True Propositionsp. 45
A General Correspondence Theory of Truthp. 49
Motivations for Deflationismp. 52
Some Basic Motivationsp. 52
A Systematic Motivation: Eliminative Physicalismp. 55
Disquotationp. 61
Toward Disquotationalism: Simple Disquotationp. 61
An Objection to Simple Disquotationp. 70
Disquotationalismp. 73
Disquotation and Substitutional Quantificationp. 78
Disquotation and Infinite Listsp. 93
Varieties of Deflationismp. 104
Problems for Disquotationalismp. 107
Problem One: Finite Statabilityp. 107
Recursive Disquotationp. 110
Recursive Correspondence and Recursive Disquotationp. 119
Problem Two: Ideological Autonomyp. 124
Problem Three: Necessity and Subjunctivesp. 130
Problem Four: Foreigners and Isolationismp. 135
Indexing Truthp. 139
Problem Five: Falsehood, Declaratives, Ambiguity, and Indexicalsp. 148
Problem Six: Specifying Idiolectsp. 158
Mental Disquotationp. 166
Translational Disquotationalismp. 177
Embrace Disquotationalism?p. 187
The Disquotational Liarp. 189
Referencesp. 193
Indexp. 199
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ISBN: 9780195079241
ISBN-10: 0195079248
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st February 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.6  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.42