Mind 130 (518):439-473 (2021)

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Beau Madison Mount
Oxford University
Daniel Waxman
National University of Singapore
Abstract
Recent work on formal theories of truth has revived an approach, due originally to Tarski, on which syntax and truth theories are sharply distinguished—‘disentangled’—from mathematical base theories. In this paper, we defend a novel philosophical constraint on disentangled theories. We argue that these theories must be epistemically stable: they must possess an intrinsic motivation justifying no strictly stronger theory. In a disentangled setting, even if the base and the syntax theory are individually stable, they may be jointly unstable. We contend that this flaw afflicts many proposals discussed in the literature; we defend a new, stable disentangled theory, double second-order arithmetic.
Keywords syntax  truth  formal theories of truth  disentangled truth
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DOI 10.1093/mind/fzaa034
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