Single Idea 6336

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

Full Idea

It has been suggested that no deflationary conception of truth could do justice to the fact that we aim for the truth.

Gist of Idea

No deflationary conception of truth does justice to the fact that we aim for truth


Paul Horwich (Truth (2nd edn) [1990], Ch.2.11)

Book Reference

Horwich,Paul: 'Truth (2nd edn)' [OUP 1998], p.46

A Reaction

(He mentions Dummett and Wright). People don't only aim for it - they become very idealistic about it, and sometimes die for it. Personally I think that any study of truth should use as its example police investigations, not philosophical analysis.