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Single Idea 6266

[catalogued under 3. Truth / C. Correspondence Truth / 1. Correspondence Truth]

Full Idea

A correspondence theory of truth is needed to understand how language works, and how science works.

Gist of Idea

We need the correspondence theory of truth to understand language and science


Hilary Putnam (Meaning and the Moral Sciences [1978], Intro)

Book Reference

Putnam,Hilary: 'Meaning and the Moral Sciences' [RKP 1981], p.4

A Reaction

Putnam retreated from this position to a more pragmatic one later on, but all my sympathies are with the present view, despite being repeatedly told by modern philosophers that I am wrong. See McGinn (Idea 6085) and Searle (Idea 3508).

Related Ideas

Idea 6085 The idea of truth is built into the idea of correspondence [McGinn]

Idea 3508 Correspondence to the facts HAS to be the aim of enquiry [Searle]