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Tim Button and Sean Walsh

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790396

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198790396.001.0001

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Internal categoricity and truth

Internal categoricity and truth

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(p.271) 12 Internal categoricity and truth
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Philosophy and Model Theory
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Tim Button

Sean Walsh

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198790396.003.0012

This chapter considers whether internal categoricity can be used to leverage any claims about mathematical truth. We begin by noting that internal categoricity allows us to introduce a truth-operator which gives an object-language expression to the supervaluationist semantics. In this way, the univocity discussed in previous chapters might seem to secure an object-language expression of determinacy of truth-value; but this hope falls short, because such truth-operators must be carefully distinguished from truth-predicates. To introduce these truth-predicates, we outline an internalist attitude towards model theory itself. We then use this to illuminate the cryptic conclusions of Putnam's justly-famous paper ‘Models and Reality’. We close this chapter by presenting Tarski’s famous result that truth for lower-order languages can be defined in higher-order languages.

Keywords:   Internalism and Supervaluationism, truth operator vs. truth predicate, Putnam’s Internal Realism, truth and higher-order logic, Tarski’s Theorem

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