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deflation +‎ -ism


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈfleɪʃənɪzəm/


deflationism (usually uncountable, plural deflationisms)

  1. (philosophy) A theory proposing that assertions that predicate truth of a statement do not attribute a property called truth to such a statement.
    • 2008 April 2, Robert Mößgen, “Dirk Greimann and Geo Siegwart, Truth and Speech Acts. Studies in the Philosophy of Language (=Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy, Vol. 5)”, in Erkenntnis, volume 69, number 1, DOI:10.1007/s10670-007-9097-3:
      In “The use of force against deflationism” they argue, against several versions of deflationism, that the concept of truth must play a substantive explanatory role in an adaquate account of assertion.