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The Tarskian Turn: Deflationism and Axiomatic Truth

Leon Horsten


This book investigates the relationship between formal theories of truth and contemporary philosophical approaches to truth. The work of mathematician and logician Alfred Tarski (1901–1983) marks the transition from substantial to deflationary views about truth. Deflationism — which holds that the notion of truth is light and insubstantial — can be and has been made more precise in multiple ways. Crucial in making the deflationary intuition precise is its relation to formal or logical aspects of the notion of truth. Allowing that semantical theories of truth may have heuristic value, this book ... More

Keywords: Alfred Tarski, deflationism, deflationary intuition, formal theories, mathematician, logician, truth, semantical theories, heuristic value

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015868
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015868.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leon Horsten, author