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An Attempt at a New Solution for the Enigma of the Meaning of False Sentences

  • Paul Gochet
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 98)

Abstract

At first glance, the question ‘What is the meaning of false sentences?’ looks like a pseudo-question, much like the parallel question ‘What is the meaning of true sentences?’, against which Ayer objected that it presupposes that all sentences mean the same. But it is possible to interpret these questions differently. The person who asks them does not necessarily seeks a single correlate as the meaning of all false sentences. He may rather be preoccupied with the question to which category of reality the correlates of true and — if they exist — false sentences belong. Formulated in this way, my question is not founded on absurd presuppositions.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Gochet
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyState University of LiègeBelgium

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