Single Idea 22301

[catalogued under 3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 2. Defining Truth]

Full Idea

The Identity Theory of truth says a proposition is true just in case it coincides with what makes it true.

Gist of Idea

The Identity Theory says a proposition is true if it coincides with what makes it true


Michael Potter (The Rise of Analytic Philosophy 1879-1930 [2020], 23 'Abs')

Book Reference

Potter,Michael: 'The Rise of Anaytic Philosophy 1879-1930' [Routledge 2020], p.152

A Reaction

The obvious question is how 'there are trees in the wood' can somehow 'coincide with' or 'be identical to' the situation outside my window. The theory is sort of right, but we will never define the relationship, which is no better than 'corresponds'.

Related Idea

Idea 22302 Moor bypassed problems of correspondence by saying true propositions ARE facts [Moore,GE, by Potter]