Truth and Words

Paperback | May 1, 2011

byGary Ebbs

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To clarify and facilitate our inquiries we need to define a disquotational truth predicate that we are directly licensed to apply not only to our own sentences as we use them now, but also to other speakers' sentences and our own sentences as we used them in the past. The conventional wisdomis that there can be no such truth predicate. For it appears that the only instances of the disquotational pattern that we are directly licensed to accept are those that define 'is true' for our own sentences as we use them now. Gary Ebbs shows that this appearance is illusory. He constructs an account of words that licenses us to rely not only on formal (spelling-based) identifications of our own words, but also on our non-deliberative practical identifications of other speakers' words and of our own words as we used themin the past. To overturn the conventional wisdom about disquotational truth, Ebbs argues, we need only combine this account of words with our disquotational definitions of truth for sentences as we use them now. The result radically transforms our understanding of truth and related topics, includinganti-individualism, self-knowledge, and the intersubjectivity of logic.

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To clarify and facilitate our inquiries we need to define a disquotational truth predicate that we are directly licensed to apply not only to our own sentences as we use them now, but also to other speakers' sentences and our own sentences as we used them in the past. The conventional wisdomis that there can be no such truth predicate....

Gary Ebbs is Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University, Bloomington, and has previously held faculty positions at University of Illinois, Urbana, University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University. He is the author of Rule-Following and Realism (Harvard Press, 1997), and has published a number of articles on such topics as samenes...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pagesPublished:May 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Regimentation2. The Tarski-Quine thesis3. The intersubjectivity constraint4. How to think about words5. Learning from others, interpretation, and charity6. A puzzle about sameness of satisfaction across time7. Sense and partial extension8. The puzzle diagnosed and dissolved9. Applications and consequences