Single Idea 6344

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

Full Idea

All uses of the truth predicate are explained by the hypothesis that its entire raison d'Ítre is to help us say things about unarticulated propositions, and in particular to express generalisations about them.

Gist of Idea

Truth is a useful concept for unarticulated propositions and generalisations about them


Paul Horwich (Truth (2nd edn) [1990], Concl)

Book Reference

Horwich,Paul: 'Truth (2nd edn)' [OUP 1998], p.118

A Reaction

This certain is a very deflationary notion of truth. Articulated propositions are considered to stand on their own two feet, without need of 'is true'. He makes truth sound like a language game, though. Personally I prefer to mention reality.