Truthbearer is a term used by philosophers and linguists to designate entities that are either
trueor falseand nothing else. Candidates include propositions, sentences, statements, ideas, beliefs, "thoughts", " intuitions" "utterances". and judgments but different writers exclude one or more of these, deny their existence or argue that they are true only in a derivative sense. For instance, since a sentence such as "X is true" depends on the existence of the sentence "X", it may be regarded as true only in a derivative sense.
"Truthbearer", in the context of modern philosophical discussion, is never applied to a person or group of persons; rather, the term is applied to the kinds of entities above because they are deemed specific enough to be reasonably subjected to a close analysis of whether or not they are true. Fictional forms of expression are usually regarded as false if interpreted literally, but may be said to bear a species of truth if interpreted suitably. Still other truthbearers may be judged true or false to a greater or lesser degree.
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