Poppy Mankowitz (University of Bristol) will present at the Virtual International Consortium for Truth Research (VICTR), December 9th at 11:00am EST.
ABSTRACT: Are there degrees of truth? One way to answer this question is to look at the linguistic evidence surrounding ordinary speakers’ uses of the word ‘true’. For instance, it might turn out that speakers frequently describe one truth-bearer as ‘more true’ than another, or ‘a little true’. The standard semantic analysis of such claims would rely on degrees of truth. Yet the view that there are degrees of truth is difficult to reconcile with most existing theories of truth. I will evaluate the linguistic evidence, and consider the implications for theories of truth.
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