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Coherence theory of truth. Partial structures. Quasi-truth

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COSTA, N. C. A. da; BUENO, O.; FRENCH, S. A COHERENCE THEORY OF TRUTH. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 28, n. 2, p. 263–290, 2016. Disponível em: Acesso em: 3 mar. 2024.


In this paper, we provide a new formulation of a coherence theory of truth using the resources of the partial structures approach − in particular the notions of partial structure and quasi-truth. After developing this new formulation, we apply the resulting theory to the philosophy of mathematics, and argue that it can be used to develop a new account of nominalism in mathematics. This application illustrates the strength and usefulness of the proposed formulation of a coherence theory of truth.




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