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Ernie Lepore and David Sosa

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198836568

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198836568.001.0001

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(p.148) 6 Truth
Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Language Volume 1

Ian Rumfitt

Oxford University Press

P. F. Strawson explained truth, as it applies to statements, by saying: ‘one who makes a statement or assertion makes a true statement if and only if things are as, in making the statement, he states them to be’. This explanation differs from others in taking a statement’s having a content (i.e. its saying that things are thus-and-so) to be a presupposition of an attribution of truth to it. This paper shows how this feature opens the way to a distinctive solution to the Liar Paradox and to a foundation for the axiomatic theories of truth now favoured by many logicians.

Keywords:   truth, Liar Paradox, partial logic, intensional logic, presupposition, P. F. Strawson, Kripke-Feferman

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