Synthese https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-018-1831-7 Minimalism, supervaluations and ﬁxed points Sergi Oms Received: 29 January 2018 / Accepted: 23 May 2018 © Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract In this paper I introduce Horwich’s deﬂationary theory of truth, called ‘Min- imalism’, and I present his proposal of how to cope with the Liar Paradox. The proposal proceeds by restricting the T-schema and, as a consequence of that, it needs a con- structive speciﬁcation of which instances of the T-schema are to be excluded from Minimalism. Horwich has presented, in an informal way, one construction that speci- ﬁes the Minimalist theory. The main aim of the paper is to present and scrutinize some formal versions of Horwich’s construction. Keywords Minimalism · Deﬂationism · Paul Horwich · Saul Kripke · Fixed point constructions Paul Horwich is a deﬂationist about truth. This means that, according to him, truth is not a genuine or robust property, but a deﬂationary one, in the sense that, properly speaking, the truth predicate is not used to describe anything: truths do not share any interesting common property. In general, deﬂationists think that asserting that some- thing is true is equivalent to asserting that very something itself;
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