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Organon F

Volume 27, November 2020, Issue 4, Pages 480–493

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

Research Article

Could Tajtelbaum Question What Tarski Could Not?

Jan Wiślicki

https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27404

Abstract

The paper discusses Tarski’s approach to quotation. It starts from showing that it is vulnerable to semantic inconsistencies connected with what is known as Reach’s puzzle, formulated in 1938 by a Czech logician Karel Reach. This fact gives rise to serious problems concerning the relation between the metalanguage and an object language. Moreover, the paper touches upon a historic aspect, pointing out that the problem at hand is discussed in the only paper signed up as Al. Tajtelbaum, i.e. Alfred Tarski’s original name. It argues that the puzzle reveals the importance of reopening the discussion on the understanding and limitations of deriving the metalanguage from an object language.

Keywords

Enquotation; metalanguage; quotation; Reach’s puzzle; Tajtelbaum; Tarski.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)

Author

Jan Wiślicki

Affiliation

University of Warsaw

Address

Department of Formal Linguistics, Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Warsaw, ul. Dobra 55, 00-312, Warsaw, Poland

E-mail

j.wislicki@uw.edu.pl

About this article

Received

29 October 2019

Accepted

4 May 2020

Published online

17 October 2020

Publishers

Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Cite as

APA

Wiślicki, J. (2020). Could Tajtelbaum Question What Tarski Could Not? Organon F27(4), 480–493. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27404

Chicago

Wiślicki, Jan. 2020. "Could Tajtelbaum Question What Tarski Could Not?" Organon F 27 (4): 480–493. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27404

Harvard

Wiślicki, J.  (2020). Could Tajtelbaum Question What Tarski Could Not? Organon F, 27(4), pp. 480–493. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27404

Copyright information

© Jan Wiślicki

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