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date: 26 June 2019

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Alfred Tarski’s work on truth has been so central to the discourse on truth that most coming to it for the first time have probably already heard a great deal about what is said there. Unfortunately, since the work is largely technical and Tarski was only tangentially philosophical, a certain incautious assimilation dominates many philosophical discussions of Tarski’s ideas, and so, examining Tarski on the concept of truth is in many ways an act of unlearning. This chapter will focus on key ideas in Tarski’s work that have had a lasting impact: T-sentence, Convention T, Tarskian truth definition, and Tarski’s general limiting theses on the expressibility and definability of truth. Though these ideas are familiar in name, the chapter seeks to uncover and remove certain widespread misunderstandings. Tarski’s name also features prominently in discussions of the liar paradox, so we will discuss Tarski’s misunderstood connection to this ancient puzzle.

Keywords: Tarski, truth, truth definition, T-sentence, convention T, liar paradox

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