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date: 20 August 2019

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A classical formulation of the correspondence theory of truth tells us that truth is a general relational property, involving a characteristic relation to some portion of reality. The relation is said to be correspondence; the portion of reality is said to be a fact. Even so, the theory has a lengthy history, and many versions relied on objects rather than facts. This chapter reviews the various options for formulating a correspondence theory of truth, along with the relata they presuppose, and the nature of the correspondence relation they rely upon. It concentrates on fact-based theories, and the nature of the truth-bearers and facts they presuppose.

Keywords: truth, correspondence, fact, proposition, logical atomism, subject, predicate, structure, Russell, Moore, Austin, Aquinas

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