Philosophical Studies 177 (4):883-903 (2020)

Graham Seth Moore
University of British Columbia
A theory of truth is language-transcendent if it ascribes truth conditions to truth-bearers that are not expressible in our natural language; a theory is language-immanent if it is not language-transcendent. In this paper, I argue for the following theses. Whether the correct theory of truth is language-transcendent or language-immanent will have significant consequences for general philosophy. Prima facie, a language-transcendent theory is preferable. However, language-transcendent theories tend to require substantive metaphysical commitments concerning truth. Deflationist theories are particularly interesting in this context. I argue that, if deflationism is to remain consistent with its motivations, then it must opt for a language-immanent conception of truth.
Keywords Deflationism  Minimalism  Theories of truth  Inflationism  Language-immanence  Language-transcendence
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-018-1211-7
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