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How to be a truthmaker maximalist

By R.P. Cameron

Abstract

When there is truth, there must be some thing to account for that truth: some thing that couldn’t exist and the true proposition fail to be true. That is the truthmaker principle. True propositions are made true by entities in the mind-independently existing external world.\ud \ud \ud The truthmaker principle seems attractive to many metaphysicians, but many have wanted to weaken it and accept not that every true proposition has a truthmaker but only that some important class of propositions require truthmakers.\ud \ud \ud Let us, following Armstrong, call the claim that all true propositions, without exception, have a truthmaker, Truthmaker Maximalism. Why might one be tempted to the spirit of truthmaker theory but reject Truthmaker Maximalism? Well, you might deny that necessary truths need truthmakers, for one, and insist that only contingent truths have truthmakers. But I think it’s fair to say that the most common motivation for rejecting maximalism concerns negative truths. (Continues...

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:3215

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