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Single Idea 15153

[catalogued under 19. Language / A. Nature of Meaning / 4. Meaning as Truth-Conditions]

Full Idea

The truth conditions provided by Tarski's theories (based on references of subsentential constituents) are too weak to determine meanings, because they lacked context-sensitivity and various forms of intensionality.

Gist of Idea

Tarski's account of truth-conditions is too weak to determine meanings


Scott Soames (Philosophy of Language [2010], Intro)

Book Reference

Soames,Scott: 'Philosophy of Language' [Princeton 2010], p.2

A Reaction

Interesting. This suggests that stronger modern axiomatic theories of truth might give a sufficient basis for a truth conditions theory of meaning. Soames says possible worlds semantics was an attempt to improve things.