Single Idea 10845

[catalogued under 3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 5. Truth Bearers]

Full Idea

Sentences or assertions can be derivately called true, if they succeed in expressing determinate propositions. A sentence can be ambiguous or vague or paradoxical or ungrounded or not declarative or a mere expression of feeling.

Gist of Idea

To be true a sentence must express a proposition, and not be ambiguous or vague or just expressive


David Lewis (Forget the 'correspondence theory of truth' [2001], p.276)

Book Reference

-: 'Analysis' [-], p.276

A Reaction

Lewis has, of course, a peculiar notion of what a proposition is - it's a set of possible worlds. I, with my more psychological approach, take a proposition to be a particular sort of brain event.