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Truth, Meaning, and Circularity

Claire Horisk
Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition
Vol. 137, No. 2 (Jan., 2008), pp. 269-300
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40208829
Page Count: 32
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Truth, Meaning, and Circularity
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Abstract

It is often argued that the combination of deflationism about truth and the truth-conditional theory of meaning is impossible for reasons of circularity. I distinguish, and reject, two strains of circularity argument. Arguments of the first strain hold that the combination has a circular account of the order in which one comes to know the meaning of a sentence and comes to know its truth condition. I show that these arguments fail to identify any circularity. Arguments of the second strain hold that the combination has a circular explanation of the ideas or concepts of meaning and truth. I show that these arguments identify a genuine, but acceptable, circularity.

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