Truth-making and Performativity
Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen (University of Oulu)

part of: Why History Matters: The Rational Grounding of Historiography
March 20, 2018, 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Department of Philosophy, University of Tartu

Jakobi 2
Tartu 51014

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Endla Lõhkivi
University of Tartu
Ave Mets
University of Tartu

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Truth is an enigmatic concept. Despite this, it holds a special place in our culture. The idea of truth-making theories is a relatively recent attempt to explicate, why our claims and other potential truth-bearers are true. It is that something independent of our theories and us makes them true. In this lecture, I assess the idea of truth-making and use it to express, why truth-making and truth more generally is problematic in historiography. Regarding truth, my position had shifted towards deflationary theories of truth. A still better way to express this is to say that the role of truth-talk is to provide epistemic authority to what is claimed. The focus shifts therefore on the mechanisms that make our claims authoritative.

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#Historiography, #Practice-based philosophy of science