Constructive methodological deflationism, dialetheism, and the Liar

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Abstract

Thanks to the work of Kendall Walton, appeals to the notion of pretence (or make-believe) have become popular in philosophy. Now the notion has begun to appear in accounts of truth. My aim here is to assess one of these accounts, namely the ‘constructive methodological deflationism’ put forward by Jc Beall. After introducing the view, I argue that Beall does not manage to overcome the problem of psychological implausibility. Although Beall claims that constructive methodological deflationism supports dialetheism, I argue that it does not, and I show that it in fact provides a classical response to the Liar paradox.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)566–574
Number of pages9
JournalAnalysis
Volume74
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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