Universidade Federal Do Ceará
  • Universidade Federal Do Ceará
    Masters student (Part-time)
CV
Areas of Specialization
Truth
Areas of Interest
Logic and Philosophy of Logic
  • “True” as Ambiguous
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 77 (2): 359-384. 2008.
    In this paper, I argue (a) that the predicate "true" is ambiguously used to express a deflationary and a substantial concept of truth and (b) that the two concepts are systematically related in that substantial truths are deflationary truths of a certain kind. Claim (a) allows one to accept the main insights of deflationism but still take seriously, and participate in, the traditional debate about the nature of truth. Claim (b) is a contribution to that debate. The overall position is not new an…Read more
  • Minimalism and truth aptness
    Michael Smith, Frank Jackson, and Graham Oppy
    Mind 103 (411). 1994.
    This paper, while neutral on questions about the minimality of truth, argues for the non-minimality of truth-aptness.
  • Minimalism and truth
    John O'Leary-Hawthorne and Graham Oppy
    Noûs 31 (2): 170-196. 1997.
    This paper canvasses the various dimensions along which theories of truth may disagree about the extent to which truth is minimal.
  • The use of force against deflationism: Assertion and truth
    Dorit Bar-On and Keith Simmons
    In Dirk Greimann & Geo Siegwart (eds.), Truth and Speech Acts: Studies in the Philosophy of Language, Routledge. pp. 61--89. 2007.
  • The folly of trying to define truth
    Donald Davidson
    Journal of Philosophy 93 (6): 263-278. 1996.
  • Putting Pluralism in its Place
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 175-191. 2016.
    Pluralism about truth is the view that there are many properties, not just one, in virtue of which things are true. Pluralists hope to dodge the objections that face traditional monistic substantive views of truth, as well as those facing deflationary theories of truth. More specifically, pluralists hope to advance an explanatorily potent understanding of truth that can capture the subtleties of various realist and anti-realist domains of discourse, all while avoiding the scope problem. I offer …Read more
  • TRUTH: A Concept Unlike Any Other
    Synthese 1-26. forthcoming.
    This paper explores the nature of the concept of truth. It does not offer an analysis or definition of truth, or an account of how it relates to other concepts. Instead, it explores what sort of concept truth is by considering what sorts of thoughts it enables us to think. My conclusion is that truth is a part of each and every propositional thought. The concept of truth is therefore best thought of as the ability to token propositional thoughts. I explore what implications this view has for exi…Read more
  • Truth and Objectivity
    Crispin Wright
    Harvard University Press. 1992.
    Recasting important questions about truth and objectivity in new and helpful terms, his book will become a focus in the contemporary debates over realism, and ...
  • Truth and Moral Responsibility
    In Fabio Bacchini Massimo Dell'Utri & Stefano Caputo (eds.), New Advances in Causation, Agency, and Moral Responsibility, Cambridge Scholars Press. forthcoming.
    Most philosophers who study moral responsibility have done so in isolation of the concept of truth. Here, I show that thinking about the nature of truth has profound consequences for discussions of moral responsibility. In particular, by focusing on the very trivial nature of truth—that truth depends on the world and not the other way around—we can see that widely accepted counterexamples to one of the most influential incompatibilist arguments can be shown not only to be false, but also impos…Read more
  • This book is staunchly anti-skeptical. It develops a theory of moral realism—there are indeed objective moral truths—and a broadly commonsense theory of moral knowledge: although we are certainly liable to error, we nevertheless often possess moral knowledge.
  • The moral truth
    In Michael Glanzberg (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Truth, Oxford University Press. forthcoming.
    Common-sense allows that talk about moral truths makes perfect sense. If you object to the United States’ Declaration of Independence’s assertion that it is a truth that ‘all men’ are ‘endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights’, you are more likely to object that these rights are not unalienable or that they are not endowed by the Creator, or even that its wording ignores the fact that women have rights too, than that this is not the sort of thing which could be a truth. Whether i…Read more
  • This article discusses a relation between the formal science of logical semantics and some monotheistic, polytheistic and Trinitarian Christian notions. This relation appears in the use of the existential quantifier and of logical-modal notions when some monotheistic and polytheistic concepts and, principally, the concept of Trinity Dogma are analyzed. Thus, some presupposed modal notions will appear in some monotheistic propositions, such as the notion of “logically necessary”. From this, it wi…Read more
  • Alethic Pluralism and the Role of Reference in the Metaphysics of Truth
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 55 (1): 116-135. 2017.
    In this paper, I outline and defend a novel approach to alethic pluralism, the thesis that truth has more than one metaphysical nature: where truth is, in part, explained by reference, it is relational in character and can be regarded as consisting in correspondence; but where instead truth does not depend upon reference it is not relational and involves only coherence. In the process, I articulate a clear sense in which truth may or may not depend upon reference: this involves distinguishing se…Read more
  • God, science and naturalism
    In William J. Wainwright (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion, Oxford University Press. 2005.
    It is widely claimed in recent years that science and theology can and do interact harmoniously. This chapter, however, explores some areas of potential conflict. Specifically, it asks whether the relationship between science and metaphysical naturalism is sufficiently close to cause trouble in the marriage of science to theistic religion, trouble that supports a decision to divorce even if it does not logically require it. Several popular positions about “methodological naturalism” are examined…Read more