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Philosophical Studies

, Volume 127, Issue 3, pp 415–457 | Cite as

What Should a Correspondence Theory Be and Do?

  • Patricia Marino
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Abstract

Correspondence theories are frequently either too vaguely expressed – “true statements correspond to the way things are in the world,” or implausible – “true statements mirror raw, mind-independent reality.” I address this problem by developing features and roles that ought to characterize what I call ldquo;modest” correspondence theories. Of special importance is the role of correspondence in directing our responses to cases of suspected non-factuality; lack of straightforward correspondence shows the need for, and guides us in our choice of, various kinds of reconstrual projects. This, I argue, is in contrast to the approaches suggested by deflationism and coherence, and thus modest correspondence theories are appropriately distinct from rivals

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True Statement Special Importance Correspondence Theory Straightforward Correspondence 
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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