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The Power of Naive Truth (Hartry Field)

The Logic and Metaphysics Workshop will meet on February 3rd from 4:15-6:15 in room 7395 of the CUNY Graduate Center for a talk by Hartry Field (NYU).

Title: The Power of Naive Truth

Abstract: While non-classical theories of truth that take truth to be transparent have some obvious advantages over any classical theory that evidently must take it as non-transparent, several authors have recently argued that there’s also a big disadvantage of non-classical theories as compared to their “external” classical counterparts: proof-theoretic strength. Some of them have concluded that this gives a decisive advantage to classical logic theories.  Williamson has argued this too. While conceding the relevance of proof-theoretic strength to the choice of logic, I will argue that there is a natural way to beef up extant internal theories so as to remove their proof-theoretic disadvantage. Given this, the resulting internal theories should seem preferable to their external counterparts.

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