, Volume 117, Issue 1, pp 133-172

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On the Possibility of a Substantive Theory of Truth

  • Gila SherAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of California

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The paper offers a new analysis of the difficulties involved in the construction of a general and substantive correspondence theory of truth and delineates a solution to these difficulties in the form of a new methodology. The central argument is inspired by Kant, and the proposed methodology is explained and justified both in general philosophical terms and by reference to a particular variant of Tarski's theory. The paper begins with general considerations on truth and correspondence and concludes with a brief outlook on the “family” of theories of truth generated by the new methodology.