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Scott Soames

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780691138664

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691138664.001.0001

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Truth, Interpretation, and Meaning

Truth, Interpretation, and Meaning

(p.33) Chapter Two Truth, Interpretation, and Meaning
Philosophy of Language

Scott Soames

Princeton University Press

This chapter begins by discussing the work of Alfred Tarski. In the 1930s, Tarski published two articles that became classics. In “The Concept of Truth in Formalized Languages” (1935) he defined truth for formal languages of logic and mathematics. In “On the Concept of Logical Consequence” (1936) he used that definition to give what is essentially the modern “semantic” (model-theoretic) definition of logical consequence. In addition to their evident significance for logic and metamathematics, these results have come to play an important role in the study of meaning. The chapter then discusses Rudolf Carnap's embrace of truth-theoretic semantics and the semantic approach of Donald Davidson.

Keywords:   formal language, logic, mathematics, philosophy, Alfred Tarski, Rudolf Carnap, Donald Davidson, truth-theoretic semantics

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