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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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Tarski's Conception of Meaning

Tarski's Conception of Meaning

(p.157) 7 Tarski's Conception of Meaning
New Essays on Tarski and Philosophy

Douglas Patterson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Tarski's work on truth is certainly informed by some conception of meaning. This chapter determines what this conception was. Three strands in Tarski's conception of meaning are identified: the concept associated with a term, its inferential role within a language, and its extension. The three aspects are discussed in detail and set in historical context. With this interpretation in hand, standard criticisms of Tarski are addressed and a conception of what Tarski took to be the significance of the indefinability of truth for ‘rich’ languages is offered.

Keywords:   Tarski, truth, conception of meaning

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