VICTR Presents: Julian Schlӧder,“The Proper Formulation of the Minimal Theory Of Truth”
Julian Schlӧder

November 29, 2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Virtual International Consortium for Truth Research

United States


  • University of Connecticut Humanities Institute
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Waikato

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The Virtual International Consortium for Truth Research (VICTR) will have a talk by  Julian Schlӧder (University of Connecticut), “The Proper Formulation of the Minimal Theory Of Truth  ” on  November 29, 10:00 am EST / 3:00 pm GMT / 4 am (Nov 30th) NZDT / 15:00 UTC

Abstract:Minimalism about truth is one of the main contenders for our best theory of truth, but minimalists face the charge of being unable to properly state their theory. Donald Davidson incisively pointed out that minimalists must generalize over occurrences of the same expression placed in two different contexts, which is futile. In order to meet the challenge, Paul Horwich argues that one can nevertheless characterize the axioms of the minimalist theory. Sten Lindstrӧm and Tim Button have independently argued that Horwich’s attempt to formulate minimalism remains unsuccessful. We show how to properly state Horwich’s axioms by appealing to propositional functions that are given by definite descriptions. Both Lindstrӧm and Button discuss proposals similar to ours and conclude that they are unsuccessful. Our new suggestion avoids these objections.

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