A critique of Armstrong's truthmaking account of possibility

Acta Analytica 23 (2):161-176 (2008)
Abstract
In this paper I argue against Armstrong’s recent truthmaking account of possibility. I show that the truthmaking account presupposes modality in a number of different ways, and consequently that it is incapable of underwriting a genuine reduction of modality. I also argue that Armstrong’s account faces serious difficulties irrespective of the question of reduction; in particular, I argue that his Entailment and Possibility Principles are both false.
Keywords Armstrong  Truthmakers  Possibility  Reduction  Instantiation  Combinatorialism
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