A very complex
theory of truth proferred by analytic philosophers
as an answer to the questions: "Why are true beliefs true?", and "What makes true beliefs true?".
First proposed by Plato
, the correspondence theory of truth stated that: "a sentence p is true if and only if p corresponds to a fact". This definition
as one explicates the term correspondence
and it has always been the claim of detractors of the correspondence theory that the theory is vacuous and, in fact, doesn't explain anything at all.
The correspondenc theory of truth was thought by many, including Bertrand Russell
, to be perfected in the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
by the young Ludwig Wittgenstein
where it was stated that a proposition
(i.e., a belief, a sentence, or a non-linguistic statement, depending on which philosopher we are dealing with) is true insofar as its logical form mirrors
an actual state of affairs
in the world. Wittgenstein urged that first we discern the logical form of our propositions. Then, we compare this logical form to an arrangement of objects in the world (such an arrangement might be called a fact
). If this state of affairs exists
, then the proposition is true.