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Single Idea 4699

[catalogued under 3. Truth / F. Semantic Truth / 1. Tarski's Truth / a. Tarski's truth definition]

Full Idea

Tarski's account doesn't hold for natural languages. The general notion of truth is replaced by "true-in-L", where L is a formal language. Hence truth is relativized to each artificial language.

Gist of Idea

Tarski made truth relative, by only defining truth within some given artificial language


report of Alfred Tarski (The Concept of Truth for Formalized Languages [1933]) by Paul O'Grady - Relativism Ch.2

Book Reference

O'Grady,Paul: 'Relativism' [Acumen 2002], p.32

A Reaction

This is a pretty good indication that Tarski's theory is NOT a correspondence theory, even if its structure may sometimes give that impression.