Truth Predicates, Truth Bearers, and their Variants

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Friederike Moltmann
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
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This paper argues that truth predicates in natural language and their variants, predicates of correctness, satisfaction and validity, do not apply to propositions (not even with 'that'-clauses), but rather to a range of attitudinal and modal objects. As such natural language reflects a notion of truth that is primarily a normative notion of correctness constitutive of representational objects. The paper moreover argues that 'true' is part of a larger class of satisfaction predicates whose semantic differences are best accounted for in terms of a truthmaker theory along the lines of Fine's recent truthmaker semantics.
Keywords truth  correctness  propositions  attitudinal objects  modal objects  truthmaker semantics  that-clauses
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-018-1814-8
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