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Super-Truth & Direct Reference

John Gabriel
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Published Online: 2016-03-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2016-0002


Proponents of supervaluationism claim super-truth, i. e., truth on every admissible precisification, is identical to truth or, at least, is a suitable truth proxy. I object that super-truth is neither identical to nor a suitable proxy for truth. I argue that to claim a statement is super-true is simply to maintain that a certain counterfactual holds, and that a claim is true, counterfactually, is no reason to treat it as true. I further argue that, with super-truth undermined, Roy Sorensen’s objection that supervaluationism cannot accommodate vague directly referential terms presents supervaluationism’s defenders with a significant challenge.

Keywords: supervaluationism; direct reference; super-truth; vagueness; counterfactuals


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Published Online: 2016-03-15

Published in Print: 2016-04-01

Citation Information: Metaphysica, Volume 17, Issue 1, Pages 27–35, ISSN (Online) 1874-6373, ISSN (Print) 1437-2053, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2016-0002.

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