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Modes of Truth
The Unified Approach to Truth, Modality, and Paradox

ISBN 9780367141097
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
304 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The aim of this volume is to open up new perspectives and to raise new research questions about a unified approach to truth, modalities, and propositional attitudes. The volume’s essays are grouped thematically around different research questions. The first theme concerns the tension between the theoretical role of the truth predicate in semantics and its expressive function in language. The second theme of the volume concerns the interaction of truth with modal and doxastic notions. The third theme covers higher-order solutions to the semantic and modal paradoxes, providing an alternative to first-order solutions embraced in the first two themes. This book will be of interest to researchers working in epistemology, logic, philosophy of logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, and semantics.

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents

1. A Guide to the Unified Approach to Truth, Modality, and Paradox

Carlo Nicolai and Johannes Stern

2. Half-Truths and the Liar

Paul Égré

3. Is Deflationism Compatible with Compositional and Tarskian Truth Theories

Lavinia Picollo and Thomas Schindler

4. Truth, Reflection, and Commitment

Leon Horsten and Matteo Zicchetti

5. The Expressive Power of Contextualist Truth

Julien Murzi and Lorenzo Rossi

6. Disquotationalism and the Compositional Principles

Richard Kimberly Heck

7. Belief, Truth, and Ways of Believing

Johannes Stern

8. Indeterminate Truth and Credences

Catrin Campbell-Moore

9. The Fourth Grade of Modal Involvement

Volker Halbach

10. Opacity and Paradox

Andrew Bacon

11. Infinite Types and the Principle of Union

James P. Studd

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Carlo Nicolai is Lecturer in Philosophy at King’s College London, UK. He was previously a VENI (NOW) Research Fellow at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Johannes Stern is Research Fellow and permanent member of staff at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Bristol, UK. He directs the ERC Starting Grant Truth and Semantics.