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Single Idea 9921

[catalogued under 3. Truth / H. Deflationary Truth / 2. Deflationary Truth]

Full Idea

In the disquotational view of truth, what saves truth from being wholly redundant and so wholly useless, is mainly that it provides an ability to state generalisations like 'Everything Fermat believed was true'.

Gist of Idea

'True' is only occasionally useful, as in 'everything Fermat believed was true'


JP Burgess / G Rosen (A Subject with No Object [1997], I.A.2.c)

Book Reference

Burgess,J/Rosen,G: 'A Subject with No Object' [OUP 1997], p.43

A Reaction

Sounds like the thin end of the wedge. Presumably we can infer that the first thing Fermat believed on his last Christmas Day was true.