Identity Theory of Truth

Discipline: Philosophy

Named by STEWART CANDLISH (in Mind, 1989) and recently attributed to the idealist philosopher Francis Herbert Bradley (1846-1924).

It is also seen as having strong affinities with the views of George Edward Moore (1873-1958) and Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) at one period in the development of their respective philosophies, and possibly with that of Gottlob Frege (1848-1925).

The theory says that the truth of a judgment consists in the identity of its content with a fact.

J Dodd and J Hornsby, 'The Identity Theory of Truth: Reply to Baldwin', Mind (1992)


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