Philosophy Research Seminar - Dr Carlo Nicolai
Dr Carlo Nicolai, King's College, London
G2 Cotham House
Fix, Express, Quantify. Disquotation after its Logic
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 incompatible with the core tenets of classical truth-theoretic deflationism.
The label `deflationism' can certainly be employed to characterise a cluster of formal and philosophical approaches that take truth to be primitive. However, this has little to do with the original aims of the deflationary theory of truth.