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Understanding Truth

Scott Soames

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195123357
eISBN:
9780199872114
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195123352.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Understanding Truth aims to illuminate the notion of truth, and the role it plays in our ordinary thought, as well as in our logical, philosophical, and scientific theories. Part 1 is ... More


Forms of Truth Skepticism

Scott Soames

in Understanding Truth

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195123357
eISBN:
9780199872114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195123352.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Five different forms of truth skepticism are examined and defused: the view that truth is indefinable, that it is unattainable and unknowable, that it is inextricably metaphysical and hence not ... More


Lessons of the Liar

Scott Soames

in Understanding Truth

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195123357
eISBN:
9780199872114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195123352.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

In proving that the language of arithmetic does not contain its own truth predicate, Tarski demonstrated that the claim that a language both satisfies certain minimal conditions and contains its own ... More


Truth, Paradox, and Partially Defined Predicates

Scott Soames

in Understanding Truth

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195123357
eISBN:
9780199872114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195123352.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Presents a philosophical model of partially defined predicates, illustrates how a language could come to contain them, and provides a natural way of understanding the truth predicate in which it ... More


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