virus: coherence and correspondence

Tue, 11 May 1999 10:43:07 -0700

Robin Faichney wrote:

> It's very close to the coherence theory of truth: that a true statement
> is one that coheres with other statements. (Presumably that should be
> "most other statements" or such, I can't recall it off-hand.)
> The alternative is the correspondence theory of truth: a true statement
> is one that corresponds to reality.
> Of course, around here, most people are going to go for the
> correspondence theory...

Well, I might lean toward the correspondence theory until Socrates asks me how a word can "correspond with" an object. What creates the correspondence? The speaker's intent? In that case, what would inhibit correspondence? If the answer is nothing, and any vocal sound can correspond with any object, substance, event, process, or conceptual category; if anything can correspond with anything given the requisite intent, then I think I'd probably want to take a closer look at the coherence option.