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Deflationism and the Truth Conditional Theory of Meaning

Douglas Patterson
Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition
Vol. 124, No. 3 (Jun., 2005), pp. 271-294
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4321610
Page Count: 24
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Deflationism and the Truth Conditional Theory of Meaning
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Abstract

Controversy has arisen of late over the claim that deflationism about truth requires that we explain meaning in terms of something other than truth-conditions. This controversy, it is argued, is due to unclarity as to whether the basic deflationary claim that a sentence and a sentence that attributes truth to it are equivalent in meaning is intended to involve the truth-predicate of the object language for which we develop an account of meaning, or is intended to involve the truth-predicate of the metalanguage in which we develop an account of meaning. The former view is compatible with the truth-conditional theory of meaning for the object language, the latter is incompatible with it. However, the former view is also trivially true; hence we should endorse the claim that any form of deflationism worth being interested in is incompatible with understanding meaning truth-conditionally.

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