What are the primary bearers of truth?

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Abstract

According to the traditional account of propositional content, propositions are the primary bearers of truth. Here I argue that acts of predication are the primary bearers of truth. Propositions are types of these actions, and they inherit their truth-conditions from their tokens. Against this, many philosophers think that it is a category mistake to say that actions are true or false. Furthermore, even if we grant that token acts of predication have truth-conditions, there are reasons for doubting that types of these actions also have truth-conditions. I respond to these objections in this paper. I also clarify what it means for propositions to inherit truth-conditions from token acts of predication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)558-574
Number of pages17
JournalCanadian Journal of Philosophy
Volume43
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2013

Keywords

  • inheritance
  • predication
  • propositions
  • truth
  • types

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