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Re: [ontolog-forum] Truth

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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:16:19 -0400
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On 6/29/2012 3:03 PM, William Frank wrote:
> 'p' is true if and only if I believe 'p' is true
> reflects the actual application of "truth" in the real world.
> Then the real world goes in for circularity and its consequent infinite
> regresses.    (01)

Two points:    (02)

  1. The phrase "I believe" does not belong there.  Truth does not depend
     on what anybody believes.    (03)

  2. The statement without the phrase "I believe" says nothing at all
     about the world.  It merely defines the conditions for using
     the word 'true'.    (04)

All definitions are true by definition.  They don't make any claims
about the world.  There is no regress of any kind, finite or infinite.    (05)

John    (06)

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