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It appears reasonable, rather, to regard this claim of uniqueness as result of the variety of conflicting (and often confused) views that he held about the matter. However, it is clear that some of his claims were unambiguously deflationist, while others go beyond or even against deflationism. “ I ti st r uet h a tCa e s a rwa smu r d e r e d ”s a y sn o t h i n gmo r et h a n “ Ca e s a rwa s mur d e r e d ”( 1927:157 -8). The same holds, according to Ramsey, when, instead of using a truth-operator, we apply the truth-predicate to a name of a sentence.
Butpa r a ph r a s e sma ya l s o be misleading, if taken to say more than they really do. Williams clearly regarded them as not only semantically equivalent to the paraphrased sentences, but also to display the real logical form of the truth-claims. Bu ti ti s also a directly implausible idea that quantified truth-claims should take some other form than other quantified sentence s ,v i z . I n any case, between two rival theories, we should ceteris paribus choose the one that does not multiply the interpretations of the logical form of superficially similar sentences (these issues will be more carefully treated in Chapter 5).
In particular, how do the paraphrases relate to the claim about the equivalences between the halves of the instances of (ES) and (DS)? Further, the paraphrases do not show what sentences like (1) and 4 Cf. ), Baldwin (1989) and van Inwagen (2002). 51 CHAPTER TWO those like (2) have in common. There is no fact or rule appealed to which determines the various paraphrases as the correct ones. Butpa r a ph r a s e sma ya l s o be misleading, if taken to say more than they really do. Williams clearly regarded them as not only semantically equivalent to the paraphrased sentences, but also to display the real logical form of the truth-claims.