塔斯基的真理定義與物理論

Translated title of the contribution: Tarski's Definition of Truth and Physicalism

Wen-Fang Wang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

A. Tarski published his famous definition on truth in 1933, believing that it could serve, beside many other things, his philosophical position of physicalism. H. Field criticizes that the definition of truth given by Tarski does not really succeed in achieving this goal. Field thinks, however, that a revised version partially based on Tarski's definition of truth could serve better for the reductive plan of physicalism. Field's comments on Tarski have given rise to several non-consensus responses by philosophers. The present paper is another attempt to answer three questions involved in these debates. First, is the definition of truth given by Tarski really not acceptable to reductive physicalism, as Field complains? Second, could the theory speculated by Field who claims that it will serve better for reductive physicalism succeed in achieving this goal? Third, if the answer to the first question is 'No', should a physicalist thereby reject Tarski's definition of truth? The conclusion of this paper is that the answers to these three questions are all 'No's. More specifically, I will argue that (1) Soames's defense that Tarski's definition of truth could serve well for the reductive plan of physicalism fails for several reasons and Kirkham's claim that Tarski's definition of truth does not have any explanatory goal is not a historical truth; (2) Field's speculated theory of truth also fails to achieve its goal because of not being able to overcome the so-called ”qua-problem”; and (3) though Tarski's definition of truth is not good for reductive physicalism, it is still welcomed by token'physicalism, especially Davidson's anomalous monism.
Translated title of the contributionTarski's Definition of Truth and Physicalism
Original languageChinese (Traditional)
Pages (from-to)84-102
Number of pages19
Journal邏輯學研究
Volume1
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Tarski's Definition of Truth and Physicalism'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this