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New Essays on Tarski and Philosophy$
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Douglas Patterson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199296309

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296309.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
New Essays on Tarski and Philosophy

Douglas Patterson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The Introduction starts by explaining the “three” Alfred Tarskis: the pure mathematician and preternaturally clear logician and father of model theory; the most eminent member of the Lvov-Warsaw school of philosophers and a philosopher in close contact with movements such as Hilbertian formalism and the positivism of the Vienna Circle; and the Tarski known among mainstream philosophers of the English speaking world — the one proposing certain technical means of defining truth. The Introduction outlines the aim of this book, namely to rediscover the real Tarski behind these three appearances.

Keywords:   Alfred Tarski, model theory, Hilbertian formalism, Vienna Circle, truth

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