Kripke on truth

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Introduction Saul Kripke’s “Outline of a Theory of Truth” (1975) has been the most influential publication on truth and paradox since Alfred Tarski’s “The Concept of Truth in Formalized Languages” (1935). It is thick with allusions to related unpublished work, and the present account will provide some information on this additional material, but the ubiquitously cited “Outline” must remain the main focus in the limited space available. Liar sentences Let us dispose at the outset of the potentially distracting issue of the bearers of truth. Suppose Y says, “What X just said is true,” and Z asks, “But what did X say?” Then Y may answer with either a direct or an indirect quotation of X, perhaps saying, “X said, ‘Snow is white,’ and that’s true,” or perhaps saying, “X said that snow is white, and that’s true.” Since it seems that a direct quotation denotes a sentence while a that-clause denotes a proposition, it seems that Y is attributing truth in one case to the sentence X uttered and in the other to the proposition X thereby asserted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSaul Kripke
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780511780622
ISBN (Print)9780521858267
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


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