Synthese 192 (1):317-335 (2015)

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Aaron Griffith
William & Mary
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Identifying plausible truthmakers for negative truths has been a serious and perennial problem for truthmaker theory. I argue here that negative truths are indeed made true but not in the way that positive truths are. I rely on a distinction between “existence-independence” and “variation-independence” drawn by Hoffman and Horvath to characterize the unique form of dependence negative truths exhibit on reality. The notion of variation-independence is then used to motivate a principle of truthmaking for contingent negative truths
Keywords Truthmakers  Negative truth  Dependence  Maximalism
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-014-0570-7
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