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Fix, Express, Quantify: Disquotation after its logic

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-757
Number of pages31
Issue number519
Early online date20 Mar 2021
Accepted/In press20 Jul 2020
E-pub ahead of print20 Mar 2021
Published1 Jul 2021

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Truth-theoretic deflationism holds that truth is simple, and yet that it can fulfil many useful logico-linguistic roles. Deflationism focuses on axioms for truth: there is no reduction of the notion of truth to more fundamental ones such as sets or higher-order quantifiers. In this paper I argue that the fundamental properties of reasonable, primitive truth predicates are at odds with the core tenets of classical truth-theoretic deflationism that I call fix, express, and quantify. Truth may be regarded as a broadly logical, sui generis notion. However, this has little to do with the original aims of the deflationary theory of truth.

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