Re: virus: coherence and correspondence

Joe E. Dees (
Tue, 11 May 1999 18:58:03 -0500

Date sent:      	Tue, 11 May 1999 10:43:07 -0700
From:           	KMO <>
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Subject:        	virus: coherence and correspondence
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> 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.
> -KMO
I expect and demand internal consistency, external coherency AND map/territory contigual correspondence out of any statement which I honor with the title of "truth."