Truth without Dependence

Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 96 (1):89-121 (2022)
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Abstract

According to the Dependency Theory, truth asymmetrically depends on the world, in the following sense: true propositions are true because the world makes them true. The Dependency Theory strikes many philosophers as incontrovertible, but in this paper I reject it. I begin by presenting a problem for the Dependency Theory. I then develop an alternative to the Dependency Theory which avoids that problem. This alternative is an immodest Identity Theory of Truth, and I end the paper by responding to Dodd’s charge that immodest Identity Theories are incoherent.

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Possible Worlds as Propositions.Daniel Deasy - forthcoming - Philosophical Quarterly.
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