Single Idea 12437

[catalogued under 3. Truth / H. Deflationary Truth / 2. Deflationary Truth]

Full Idea

My take on truth is a fairly deflationary one: The role of the truth predicate is to enable us to assent to sentences we can't explicitly exhibit.

Gist of Idea

Truth lets us assent to sentences we can't explicitly exhibit


Jody Azzouni (Deflating Existential Consequence [2004], Intro)

Book Reference

Azzouni,Jody: 'Deflating Existential Consequence' [OUP 2004], p.9

A Reaction

Clearly this is a role for truth, as in 'I forget what he said, but I know it was true', but it isn't remotely what most people understand by true. We use 'true' about totally explicit sentences all the time.