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Correspondence Theory: truth as correspondence of statements with objects resp. situations in the world. The correspondence theory is a thesis about truth, not about the world. See also mapping relation, representation, picture theory, coherence theory
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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William James on Correspondence Theory - Dictionary of Arguments

Diaz-Bone I 88
PragmatismVsCorrespondence theory: Conformity in James, the dichotomy true/false is softened. (> realization
,> adjustment).
Horwich I 22
Correspondence/accordance/pragmatism/James: only here does he begin to distinguish himself from "intellectualism":
Accordance/James: accordance means first "to copy", but e.g. our word for clock is not a copy, but a symbol, which can replace a representation image very well.
Symbol/James: for many things there are no "copies" at all, only symbols: e.g. "past", "force", "spontaneity", etc.
Correspondence: can only mean proper guidance here. Namely, practically as well as intellectually.
Horwich I 23
It leads to consistency, stability and fluid human communication. (1)

1. William James (1907) "Pragmatisms Conception of Truth“ (Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods, 4 p. 141-55 and 396-406) in: Paul Horwich (Ed.) Theories of Truth, Aldershot 1994

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

James I
R. Diaz-Bone/K. Schubert
William James zur Einführung Hamburg 1996

Horwich I
P. Horwich (Ed.)
Theories of Truth Aldershot 1994

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