An Identity Theory of Truth

Paperback | April 15, 2008

byJulian Dodd

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In this book, Dodd explains that correspondence theories of truth fail because the relation between true thought and fact is identity, not correspondence. Facts are not complexes of worldly entities which make thoughts true; they are merely true thoughts. The resulting modest identity theory allows for a defensible deflation of the concept of truth.

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In this book, Dodd explains that correspondence theories of truth fail because the relation between true thought and fact is identity, not correspondence. Facts are not complexes of worldly entities which make thoughts true; they are merely true thoughts. The resulting modest identity theory allows for a defensible deflation of the con...

JULIAN DODD lectures in philosophy at the University of Manchester, UK. His previous publications include Musical Works: An Essay in Ontology (OUP, 2007) and, with Helen Beebee, Truthmakers: The Contemporary Debate (OUP, 2005).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.56 × 5.76 × 0.46 inPublished:April 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230573711

ISBN - 13:9780230573710

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Table of Contents

Preface * Truthmakers, Facts and States of Affairs: A Critique of Correspondence * Propositions, Indirect Speech and Truthbearers * The Nature of Propositions: Thoughts versus States of Affairs * Facts are True Thoughts * From Correspondence to Identity * A Variety of Deflationism Defended * Aberrations of Rival Identity Theories * Bibliography * Index

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"Dodd's book presents a clear, thorough account of work on identity theories of truth...Dodd's clear, thorough exposition of the issues, and his engagement with minimalism, rewards close study."--Michael Hay, Australasian Journal of Philosophy"Exceptionally clearly argued...this is an excellent book...Dodd has thought-provoking things to say about the work of Ramsay, Tarski, Blackburn, Prior, Vendler, Rundle, and Salmon...The book is so well written that it could serve as a partisan introduction to truth for postgraduates and advanced undergraduates. Indeed, it could serve as a model of how to write good, clear philosophical prose. Overall, the book can profitably be read by anyone interested in the philosophy of truth."--Alexander Miller, Mind