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Single Idea 7617

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

Full Idea

Before Kant it is impossible to find any philosopher who did not have a correspondence theory of truth.

Gist of Idea

Before Kant, all philosophers had a correspondence theory of truth


Hilary Putnam (Reason, Truth and History [1981], Ch.3)

Book Reference

Putnam,Hilary: 'Reason, Truth and History' [CUP 1998], p.56

A Reaction

I don't believe this is true of Descartes. See ideas 2266 and 4298. Truth is 'clear and distinct' conceptions, but if you enlarge (and maybe socialise) 'clear' you get coherent. Descartes firmly avoids correspondence, because he can't trust 'facts'.

Related Ideas

Idea 2266 My general rule is that everything that I perceive clearly and distinctly is true [Descartes]

Idea 4298 All items of possible human knowledge are interconnected, and can be reached by inference [Descartes]