on 5 January 2010
In his materpiece Truth Horwich defends his minimal theory of truth against 39 objections philosophers have raised to the theory. Minimalism is the theory that truth is a logical property used to generalize with no metaphysical baggage. In chapters 1,2 and 3 Horwich formulates the theory in extreme detail. In chapter 4 Horwich argues that because the property of truth has no metaphysical baggage it plays no part in the realist-anti-realist debate. In chapter 5 Horwich argues that the minimal theory of truth should be combined with classical logic and a use theory of meaning rather than a truth-conditional account of meaning. In chapter 6 Horwich makes a commitment to propositions as a type of metaphyisical entity that truths express. In chapter 7 Horwich combines his minimal theory of truth with a minimal theory of reference where the truth of a sentence depends on the minimal referents of its parts. Brilliant. Extraordinary masterpiece. Horwich parries all possible objections to the minimalist theory of truth. A must read for anybody interested in truth.