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Single Idea 18697

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

Full Idea

A sentence's truth conditions comprise an exhaustive list of the situations in which that sentence would be true.

Gist of Idea

A sentence's truth conditions are all the situations where it would be true


Tim Button (The Limits of Reason [2013], 03.4)

Book Reference

Button,Tim: 'The Limits of Realism' [OUP 2013], p.23

A Reaction

So to know its meaning you must know those conditions? Compare 'my cat is licking my finger' with 'dramatic events are happening in Ethiopia'. It should take an awful long time to grasp the second sentence.