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Tarski's Physicalism

Richard L. Kirkham
Erkenntnis (1975-)
Vol. 38, No. 3 (May, 1993), pp. 289-302
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20012479
Page Count: 14
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Tarski's Physicalism
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Abstract

Hartry Field has argued that Alfred Tarski desired to reduce all semantic concepts to concepts acceptable to physicalism and that Tarski failed to do this. In the two succeeding decades, Field has been charged with being too lenient with Tarski; but it has been almost universally accepted that an objection at least as strong as Field's is telling against Tarski's theory. Close examination of the relevant literature, most of it printed in this journal in the 1930s, reveals that Field's conception of physicalism is anachronistic. Tarski did succeed in furthering the sort of physicalist program he had in mind.

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