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Single Idea 13338

[catalogued under 3. Truth / F. Semantic Truth / 1. Tarski's Truth / a. Tarski's truth definition]

Full Idea

Statements of the form '"it is snowing" is true if and only if it is snowing' and '"the world war will begin in 1963" is true if and only if the world war will being in 1963' can be regarded as partial definitions of the concept of truth.

Gist of Idea

'"It is snowing" is true if and only if it is snowing' is a partial definition of the concept of truth

Source

Alfred Tarski (The Establishment of Scientific Semantics [1936], p.404)

Book Reference

Tarski,Alfred: 'Logic, Semantics, Meta-mathematics' [Hackett 1956], p.404


A Reaction

The key word here is 'partial'. Truth is defined, presumably, when every such translation from the object language has been articulated, which is presumably impossible, given the infinity of concatenated phrase possible in a sentence.