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Deflationism and the Success Argument

Damnjanovic, Nicolas

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Deflationists about truth typically deny that truth is a causal-explanatory property. However, the now familiar 'success argument' attempts to show that truth plays an important causal-explanatory role in explanations of practical success. Deflationists have standardly responded that the truth predicate appears in such explanations merely as a logical device, and that therefore truth has not been shown to play a causal-explanatory role. I argue that if we accept Jackson and Pettit's account of...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDamnjanovic, Nicolas
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:59:29Z
dc.date.available2015-12-13T22:59:29Z
dc.identifier.issn0031-8094
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/83830
dc.description.abstractDeflationists about truth typically deny that truth is a causal-explanatory property. However, the now familiar 'success argument' attempts to show that truth plays an important causal-explanatory role in explanations of practical success. Deflationists have standardly responded that the truth predicate appears in such explanations merely as a logical device, and that therefore truth has not been shown to play a causal-explanatory role. I argue that if we accept Jackson and Pettit's account of causal explanations, the standard deflationist response is inconsistent, for on this account even logical properties can be causally explanatory. Therefore the deflationist should remain neutral as to whether truth is a causal-explanatory property, and focus instead on the claim that truth, if it is a property, is a merely logical one.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourcePhilosophical Quarterly, The
dc.titleDeflationism and the Success Argument
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume55
dc.date.issued2005
local.identifier.absfor220313 - Philosophy of Language
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub12114
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDamnjanovic, Nicolas, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue218
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage14
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T07:28:50Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-60949443657
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