Single Idea 10841

[catalogued under 3. Truth / F. Semantic Truth / 2. Semantic Truth]

Full Idea

It is of prime importance to distinguish the fact that the use of 'true' always glances backwards or forwards to the actual or envisaged making of a statement by someone.

Gist of Idea

The word 'true' always refers to a possible statement


Peter F. Strawson (Truth [1950], 1)

Book Reference

'The Nature of Truth', ed/tr. Lynch, Michael P. [MIT 2001], p.449

A Reaction

'The truth of this matter will never be known'. Strawson is largely right, but it is crazy for any philosopher to use the word 'always' if they can possibly avoid it.