Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Literally true: a theory can only be literally true when its terms may not be re-interpreted in a given situation. On the other hand, a reinterpretation can make some theories and laws applicable to special cases, without being true or false.
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Field, Hartry
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Literal Truth I 2
literally / Field: requires existence assumption - e.g. existence of numbers, so that the propositions of mathematics are literally true -> Idealism: as a mental construction - fictionalism: instead: "true in a certain sense" - semantic ascent: the statement that something is "true, but not literally true" - (Field per fictionalism) -
I 4 goodness: "good as an instrument"- in this case truth is not necessary - I 19/20: we should literally believe in electrons, but not in mathematical entities, because these are not causally relevant.
I 223
literally / Fraassen / Field: = not eliminated by translation.

Fie I
H. Field
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989

Fie II
H. Field
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001

H. Field
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-01