Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophie

Volume 39, Issue 1, 2000

Madeleine Arsenault, Robert Stainton
Pages 123-127

Holisme et homophonie

We believe that, granting radical holism, a homophonie (or disquotational) definition of truth for a language achieves no progress towards guaranteeing the material equivalence of the left- and right-hand-side sentences for T-sentences. In order to avoid paradoxes such as the antinomy of the liar, Tarski requires that the metalanguage be semantically richer than the object language. For a radical holist, the difference in semantic powers of the meta- and object languages means that homophony is no guarantee of synonymy; therefore, worries about the indeterminacy of translation still apply.