Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Minimalism, philosophy: here, in particular, minimalist truth theories. The thesis of minimalism is that truth can be gained from the W-schema by Tarski Wr (S) <> p (e.g. "snow is white" is true if and only if snow is white) without accepting additional objects. It differs from deflationism in that it does not deny truth any substantial properties. See also deflationism, disquotationalism, inflationism, truth theory, truth definition, truth.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.
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Paul Boghossian
Wright I 271
Boghossian: Global minimalism, Non-Factualism: they are related to meaning, not truth: there is no property that a word means something, hence there is no fact - global minimalism attracts global non-factualism unlike any other non-factualism.
Wright I 285
Boghossian: "global minimalism": with the truth also all meaning tilts.
Wright I 291
Meaning-Minimalism/Boghossian, new/Wright: the meaning-minimalism does not have to lead to a global minimalism: the meaning-minimalism is rather bound to contradictory theses and does not provide a coherent explanation for the behavior of the truth predicate. For the meaning-minimalism should accept any of the following assertions:

(5) The predicate "has the truth condition that P" does not refer to a property.

(6) For every proposition S and propositional content P, "S has the truth condition that P" is not truth conditional.

Wright: and these assertions are indeed inconsistent: (5) is necessarily followed by (7):
I 292

(7) "true" refers to a property.

While (6) necessarily entails the negation of (7).
I 294
Boghossian: one has to decide whether truth is robust or deflationary.
        Just as unavoidable, but not to mix with this, is a decision between...
I 295
A) the concept of a correspondence of language and (objective) world, or
B) the concept of a language-bound operator of the semantic ascent (words instead of objects).

Solution/Wright: The meaning-minimalist must work with a pluralistic truth opinion (different living beings have different cognitive faculties)! (> Pluralism).

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

Bogh I
Paul Boghossian
Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism Oxford 2007

Boghe I
Peter Boghossian
A manual for Creating Atheists Charlottesville 2013

Wri I
Cr. Wright
Wahrheit und Objektivität Frankfurt 2001

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-06-23