This chapter surveys several philosophical approaches to the meaning or nature of truth, including instrumentalism, epistemic or verificationist approaches, deflationism, and the correspondence theory. Different versions of the first three approaches are examined, and each faces serious difficulties. The virtues of the correspondence theory are emphasized, including its up‐front acceptance of “worldly” truth‐makers. However, deflationism is also compatible with a realist conception of truth, and if it could surmount its technical problems, it might be acceptable.
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