A Challenge For Gupta 's Argument

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A Challenge to Gupta’s Argument
In the context of a metaphilosophical debate concerning the usefulness and meaning of truth, Anil Gupta writes that “the main problem with deflationism lies in the necessity of strong claims about the meaning of true and that to do so is highly problematic” (5). Therefore, he concludes, deflationism cannot work. The aim of my essay will be to challenge Gupta’s interpretation of the Deflationary Theory of Truth mainly using arguments found in Horwich’s Minimal Theory. After briefly explaining Deflationism and Minimalism, I will point out three main parts Gupta has contentions with and address them systematically. Firstly, his point about “affirming the universal” and “affirming all instances” is correct, however I will show Minimalism avoids that through____. Secondly, his objection about meaning is either fruitless against anti-realist or addressed directly by Horwich.
Overview of Deflationism
Before we can discuss Gupta’s objections, we must know what is being objected. The Deflationary Theory of Truth can be summarized with one claim: that truth is not a substantive property. In other words, “truth” has no essence or nature to be analyzed. Thus, deflationists argue, truth is a “thin” concept that exists to meet logical need to express vague ideas, infinite conjunctions, and generalizations. In addition, deflationists hold “truth” to consist of an infinite list of instances of the Equivalency Schema, which are commonly expressed by the…
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