PHL280 Truth and Reality
Final Essay

Some possible questions

Here are some possible questions. If you have an idea of your own, just run it by me first:

  1. There are various kinds of bearers of truth. What is the point of trying to figure out which kind of bearer is the primary bearer?
  2. What is the connection between truth and falsity?
  3. What is wrong with the correspondence theory of truth?
  4. According to the coherence theory of truth, for a proposition to be true is for it to cohere with a certain bunch of comparison propositions. The theory gets itself in a pickle when trying to specify exactly which propositions are the comparison propositions. How so?
  5. Is the pragmatic theory of truth self-defeating?
  6. Does the identity theory of truth deserve to be called a theory of truth?
  7. Does Tarski's theory of truth tell us much about truth?
  8. Why is the Liar paradox such a problem?
  9. What is Strawson's performative theory of truth? What is wrong with it?
  10. What is the prosentential theory of truth? What is wrong with it?
  11. What is wrong with thinking that there is no such thing as truth?
  12. Is truth relative?


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