TITLE

# Formulating deflationism

AUTHOR(S)
Båve, Arvid
PUB. DATE
October 2013
SOURCE
Synthese;Oct2013, Vol. 190 Issue 15, p3287
SOURCE TYPE
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
I here argue for a particular formulation of truth-deflationism, namely, the propositionally quantified formula, (Q) â€œFor all p, $${\langle \text{p}\rangle}$$ is true iff pâ€. The main argument consists of an enumeration of the other (five) possible formulations and criticisms thereof. Notably, Horwichâ€™s Minimal Theory is found objectionable in that it cannot be accepted by finite beings. Other formulations err in not providing non-questionbegging, sufficiently direct derivations of the T-schema instances. I end by defending (Q) against various objections. In particular, I argue that certain circularity charges rest on mistaken assumptions about logic that lead to Carrollâ€™s regress. I show how the propositional quantifier can be seen as on a par with first-order quantifiers and so equally acceptable to use. While the proposed parallelism between these quantifiers is controversial in general, deflationists have special reasons to affirm it. I further argue that the main three types of approach the truth-paradoxes are open to an adherent of (Q), and that the derivation of general facts about truth can be explained on its basis.
ACCESSION #
91988523

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