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Dummett's Semantic Dissolution of Metaphysics

QI Xue-tai1,ZHAI Yu-zhang2(1.School of Humanities and Social Sciences,Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications,Nanjing 210046,China; 2.Department of Philosophy,Nanjing Normal University,Nanjing 210046,China)  
Dummett's research program provides a new interpretation of the realism/anti-realism debate,which maintains that the debate ought to be a dispute on the meaning theory of statements of the disputed class,instead of a dispute on its metaphysics.The theoretical framework of realismis the truth-conditional theory of meaning and the underlying principle of bivalence of classical logic,which cannot explain the meaning of undecidable statements.Dummett suggests a version of anti-realism in which the notion of truth condition is replaced by that of assertability condition,and the principles of classical logic replaced by those of intuitionist logic.As a result,this version of anti-realism has no difficulty explaining the meaning of undecidables,a problem facing realism.
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