A new problem for the linguistic doctrine of necessary truth

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Russell, Gillian. (2010). A new problem for the linguistic doctrine of necessary truth. In In Wright, Cory D. and Pedersen, Nikolaj J. L. L. (Ed.). New waves in truth pp. 267-281 Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230296992_18
AuthorsRussell, Gillian
EditorsWright, Cory D. and Pedersen, Nikolaj J. L. L.
Abstract

My target in this chapter is a view that has sometimes been called the ‘Linguistic Doctrine of Necessary Truth’ (L-DoNT) and sometimes ‘Conventionalism about Necessity’.1 It is the view that necessity is grounded in the meanings of our expressions—meanings which are sometimes identified with the conventions governing those expressions—and that our knowledge of that necessity is based on our knowledge of those meanings or conventions. In its simplest form the view states that a truth, if it is necessary, is necessary (and knowably necessary) because it is analytic.

Keywordsnatural kind; contingent proposition; logical truth; true proposition; modal phenomenon
Page range267-281
Year2010
Book titleNew waves in truth
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of publicationBasingstoke, United Kingdom
New York, NY, United States of America
SeriesNew waves in philosophy
ISBN9780230229983
9780230296992
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230296992_18
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