, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 357-363

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Missed It By That Much: Austin on Norms of Truth

  • Jeffrey HershfieldAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, Wichita State University Email author 

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A principal challenge for a deflationary theory is to explain the value of truth: why we aim for true beliefs, abhor dishonesty, and so on. The problem arises because deflationism sees truth as a mere logical property and the truth predicate as serving primarily as a device of generalization. Paul Horwich, attempts to show how deflationism can account for the value of truth. Drawing on the work of J. L. Austin, I argue that his account, which focuses on belief, cannot adequately accommodate the complex role that truth plays in the norms governing assertion and similar speech acts.


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