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Recherches sur le déflationnisme aléthique contemporain

Abstract : « What is truth ? » Contemporary alethic deflationists offer an original answer to this question : the truth predicate is nothing more than a simple disquotation device, allowing us to assert infinite lots of sentences but devoid of any proper explanatory power. It thus has no substantial role to play in our scientific theorizing. The purpose of this dissertation is to assess the soundness of modern deflationist positions by confronting them with several anti-deflationist arguments. After carefully delineating basic tenets of current deflationism, we pursue our investigations into two parts, which can be considered as two complementary ways to set up a precise methodological framework in order to rigorously assess deflationist theories of truth. Firstly, we examine the view, often attributed to deflationists, according to which the truth predicate is akin to a logical notion. Secondly, we analyse a famous argument raised against deflationary conceptions of truth, known as the « conservativity argument ». In the end, although we rebut some prominent deflationist answers, we believe there might still be a way out for deflationism.
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Julien Boyer. Recherches sur le déflationnisme aléthique contemporain. Philosophie. Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - Paris I, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019PA01H229⟩. ⟨tel-03234604⟩

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