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dc.contributor.advisorBricke, John
dc.contributor.authorClarke, Justin Robert
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-02T23:59:39Z
dc.date.available2015-12-02T23:59:39Z
dc.date.issued2015-05-31
dc.date.submitted2015
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/ku:14047
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1808/19024
dc.description.abstractIn this dissertation I defend the claim, long held by Donald Davidson, that truth is a primitive concept that cannot be correctly or informatively defined in terms of more basic concepts. To this end I articulate the history of the primitive thesis in the 20th century, working through early Moore, Russell, and Frege, and provide improved interpretations of their reasons for advancing and (in the cases of Moore and Russell) eventually abandoning the primitive thesis. I show the importance of slingshot-style arguments in the work of Frege, Church, Davidson, and Gödel for resisting certain versions of the correspondence theory of truth. I argue that most slingshots fail to convincingly establish a collapsing conclusion, but that a Gödelian version of the slingshot is terminal to certain varieties of the correspondence theory of truth. I then provide a Davidsonian theory of truth and interpretation that is consistent with and makes use of the primitive thesis. Finally, I provide an account of predication, properties, and universals that I argue is both serviceable and consistent with Davidson’s overall program.
dc.format.extent130 pages
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
dc.rightsCopyright held by the author.
dc.subjectPhilosophy
dc.subjectMetaphysics
dc.subjectDonald Davidson
dc.subjectEpistemology
dc.subjectPhilosophy of Language
dc.subjectTheories of Truth
dc.subjectTruthmaker Theory
dc.titleThe Primitive Thesis: Defending a Davidsonian Conception of Truth
dc.typeDissertation
dc.contributor.cmtememberDorsey, Dale
dc.contributor.cmtememberNutting, Eileen
dc.contributor.cmtememberSymons, John
dc.contributor.cmtememberPye, Clifton
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplinePhilosophy
dc.thesis.degreeLevelPh.D.
dc.identifier.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4083-3990
dc.rights.accessrightsopenAccess


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