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Truth
Alexis G. Burgess & John P. Burgess

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Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii

CHAPTER ONE: Introduction 1
1.1 Traditional Theories 2
1.2 Contemporary Theories 4
1.3 Paradoxes 5
1.4 Plan 7
1.5 Sentences 10
1.6 Propositions 12

CHAPTER TWO: Tarski 16
2.1 "Semantic" Truth 16
2.2 Object Language vs Metalanguage 18
2.3 Recursive Definition 22
2.4* Direct Definition 24
2.5* Self-Reference 28
2.6* Model Theory 29

CHAPTER THREE: Deflationism 33
3.1 Redundancy 34
3.2 Other Radical Theories 38
3.3 Disquotation 41
3.4 Other Moderate Theories 44
3.5 Sloganeering 47
3.6 Reference 49

CHAPTER FOUR: Indeterminacy 52
4.1 Presupposition 53
4.2 Vagueness 54
4.3 Denial, Disqualification, Deviance 55
4.4 Doublespeak, Dependency, Defeatism 59
4.5 Relativity 61
4.6 Local vs Global 65

CHAPTER FIVE: Realism 68
5.1 Realism vs Deflationism 68
5.2 Correspondence Theories 70
5.3 Truthmaker Theories 72
5.4 Physicalism 74
5.5 Utility 77
5.6 Normativity 79

CHAPTER SIX: Antirealism 83
6.1 Meaning and Truth 84
6.2 Davidsonianism 87
6.3 Dummettianism vs Davidsonianism 90
6.4 Dummettianism vs Deflationism 93
6.5 Holism 96
6.6 Pluralism 97

CHAPTER SEVEN: Kripke 102
7.1 Kripke vs Tarski 103
7.2 The Minimum Fixed Point 105
7.3 Ungroundedness 107
7.4* The Transfinite Construction 109
7.5* Revision 112
7.6* Axiomatics 113

CHAPTER EIGHT: Insolubility? 116
8.1 Paradoxical Reasoning 116
8.2 "Revenge" 118
8.3 Logical "Solutions" 120
8.4 "Paraconsistency" 123
8.5 Contextualist "Solutions" 124
8.6 Inconsistency Theories 127

Further Reading 135
Bibliography 143
Index 153

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