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Organon F

Volume 27, May 2020, Issue 2, Pages 263–279

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article

Horwich on the Value of Truth

Byeong D. Lee



On the normativity objection to Horwich’s minimalist theory of truth, his theory fails to capture the value of truth. In response to this objection, he argues that his minimalist theory of truth is compatible with the value of truth. On his view, the concept of truth is not constitutively normative, but the value of true beliefs can be explained instead by the belief-truth norm that we ought to want our beliefs to be true, and the value of true beliefs expressed in this norm is a moral value. I accept a deflationary theory of truth, according to which truth is too thin a concept to be constituted by any substantial norms. Thus I agree that the concept of truth is not constitutively normative. In this paper, however, I argue that the alleged value of true beliefs can be better explained in terms of epistemic normativity rather than moral normativity.


Horwich; deflationism about truth; the value of truth; moral values; epistemic values.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)


Byeong D. Lee


Sungkyunkwan University


Department of Philosophy, 25-2, Sungkyunkwan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea



About this article


9 February 2019


3 December 2019

Published online

13 December 2019


Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

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Lee, Byeong D. (2020). Horwich on the Value of Truth. Organon F27(2), 263–279. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27204


Lee, Byeong D. 2020. "Horwich on the Value of Truth." Organon F 27 (2): 263–279. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27204


Lee, Byeong D. (2020). Horwich on the Value of Truth. Organon F, 27(2), pp. 263–279. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27204

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