From One to Many:
Recent Work on Truth
by Jeremy Wyatt and Michael P. Lynch
In this paper, we offer a brief, critical survey of contemporary work on truth. We begin by reflecting
on the distinction between substantivist and deflationary truth theories. We then turn to three new
kinds of truth theory—Kevin Scharp's replacement theory, John MacFarlane's relativism, and the
alethic pluralism pioneered by Michael Lynch and Crispin Wright. We argue that despite their considerable
differences, these theories exhibit a common "pluralizing tendency" with respect to truth.
In the final section, we look at the underinvestigated interface between metaphysical and formal
truth theories, pointing to several promising questions that arise here.