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Thought and Reality$
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Michael Dummett

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207275

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207275.001.0001

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Tense and Time

Tense and Time

(p.73) 6 Tense and Time
Thought and Reality

Michael Dummett (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter focuses on how past and present apply to the notion of truth and meaning. It argues that the meaning of sentences in the past tense needs very careful consideration: directly applying justificationist considerations in their full rigour forces us to conclude that a past-tense statement can be true only if there are now memories or other traces of things' having been as it states. What makes this difficult to maintain are the links that bind the truth-value of an assertoric utterance made at one time with that of another, differently worded, made at another time.

Keywords:   truth, past, semantics, reality, meaning

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