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Paul Horwich


This book presents a deflationary perspective called ‘minimalism’—a reaction against the traditional and widespread idea that the property of truth has some sort of underlying nature and that our problem as philosophers is to say what that nature is, to analyse truth either conceptually or substantively, to specify, at least roughly, the conditions necessary and sufficient for something to be true. In contrast, minimalism makes three correlated claims. First, the function of our concept of truth is merely to permit the formulation of certain generalizations (e.g. we are able to say ‘Every inst ... More

Keywords: definition, deflationary, function, generalization, Horwich, meaning, minimalism, normativity, reality, truth, vagueness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198752233
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198752237.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Horwich, author
University College London
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