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Single Idea 2345

[catalogued under 3. Truth / F. Semantic Truth / 2. Semantic Truth]

Full Idea

Although no semantic notions are used in Tarski's truth definitions themselves, they are used in deciding when such a definition is correct, namely the notion of translation.

Clarification

Tarski's truth definitions say that truth is just a relationship between parts of our language

Gist of Idea

Semantic notions do not occur in Tarski's definitions, but assessing their correctness involves translation

Source

Hilary Putnam (Representation and Reality [1988], 4 p.66)

Book Reference

Putnam,Hilary: 'Representation and Reality' [MIT 1992], p.66