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Philosophy 302: Ethics
Quiz: Theories of Truth

Directions: Identify the theory of truth which best characterizes the following descriptions:

1. An idea that in accord with a fact is considered true, and one that is not is considered false.

Coherence Theory
Correspondence Theory
Pragmatic Theory

2. What is said is true if it is logically derivable from a system of other things that are said.

Coherence Theory
Correspondence Theory
Pragmatic Theory

3. A statement is true insofar as it is a necessary constituent of a systematic whole as in Euclidian geometry.

Coherence Theory
Correspondence Theory
Pragmatic Theory

4. Truth can be known only when one knows the practical consequences which would result from the truth of the expression, and these consequences are testable.

Coherence Theory
Correspondence Theory
Pragmatic Theory

5. A statement is not known to be true if the fact corresponding to the statement is not, in principle, verifiable in some manner.

Coherence Theory
Correspondence Theory
Pragmatic Theory

6. You can never know something is true until you can set up a test for that truth. If you can't test it, you can't know it.

Coherence Theory
Correspondence Theory
Pragmatic Theory

7. Truth is a property of an extensive body of interrelated statements; hence, statements have degrees of truth and falsity.

Coherence Theory
Correspondence Theory
Pragmatic Theory

8. The truth of a belief is tested by its results when it is put into operation and has satisfactory results.

Coherence Theory
Correspondence Theory
Pragmatic Theory

9. You know know "Snow is white" if and only if snow is white.

Coherence Theory
Correspondence Theory
Pragmatic Theory

10. The truth of the conclusion of an argument is logically derivable from the truth of its premisses.

Coherence Theory
Correspondence Theory
Pragmatic Theory

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Recommended Sources:

Reasons for Adopting Moral Rules:  The traditional theories of truth are introduced and discussed.  Their advantages and disadvantages are noted, and a composite of the correspondence and coherence theories is adopted for the purposes of this course.

The Correspondence Theory of Truth: Bertrand Russell's version of the correspondence theory of truth is characterized and discussed.

The Coherence Theory of Truth: Francis Bradley's version of the coherence theory of truth is characterized and discussed.

The Pragmatic Theory of Truth: William James' version of the pragmatic theory of truth is characterized and discussed.

Introduction to Philosophy Quiz: Theories of Truth.  The coherence, correspondence, and the pragmatic theories of truth are the subject of this short multiple-choice quiz.

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