Daniel Stoljar, Nic DamnJanovic's "The Deflationary Theory of Truth"

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Where to find it: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/truth-deflationary/

Author(s): Daniel Stoljar, Nic DamnJanovic

Type of reading: Web Page

Who's read this? Jens Lehman

Short Summary

The Deflationary of Truth also known as the no-truth theory states that a true statement only asserts something about itself. According to a deflationist, philosophers should not assume that there is some sort of nature to truth that philosophers will be able to understand because truth is what you simply obtain from ordinary claims. Deflationists believe there is no nature of truth and that is the reason philosophers get frustrated because they are trying to find something that is non-existence. Therefore, Deflationists do not believe there is any existence of a substantive theory of truth and reject all traditional theories such as the correspondence, coherence, and pragmatist theories of truth. Critics of deflationists believe the biggest mistake no truth theorists make is trying to they define truth at all.

Key terms & concepts

Truth, Falsity, Nature of Truth, Redundancy Theory, no-truth theory, Gottlob Frege, Traditional analysis, Existence, F.P. Ramsey, A.J. Ayer, Willard Quine

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