The legacy of linguisticism

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 84 (2):233 – 244 (2006)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In recent work on truth and truthmaking, D. M. Armstrong has defended a version of 'truthmaker necessitarianism', the doctrine that truths necessitate truthmakers. Truthmaker necessitarianism, he contends, requires the postulation of 'totality facts', which serve as ingredients of truthmakers for general truths and negative truths, and propositions, which function as the fundamental truth bearers. I argue that neither totality facts nor propositions need figure in an account of truthmaking, and suggest that both are artifacts stemming, albeit in different ways, from an ontologically shady 'linguisticizing' tendency to conflate features of descriptions and features of what is described.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,100

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Negative truths from positive facts?1.Josh Parsons - 2006 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 84 (4):591 – 602.
A world of truthmakers.Philipp Keller - 2007 - In Jean-Maurice Monnoyer (ed.), Metaphysics and Truthmakers. Ontos Verlag. pp. 18--105.
Truthmakers.Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra - 2006 - Philosophy Compass 1 (2):186–200.
Causal Truthmaking.Robin Stenwall - 2010 - Metaphysica 11 (2):211-222.
Postscript to Why Truthmakers.Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra - 2008 - In E. J. Lowe & A. Rami (eds.), Truth and Truth-making. Acumen Publishing.
How to Be a Truthmaker Maximalist.Ross P. Cameron - 2008 - Noûs 42 (3):410 - 421.

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-01-28

Downloads
188 (#105,640)

6 months
11 (#241,037)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

John Heil
Washington University in St. Louis

Citations of this work

Truthmakers.Fraser MacBride - 2013 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Possible Worlds.Christopher Menzel - 2013 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
How negative truths are made true.Aaron M. Griffith - 2015 - Synthese 192 (1):317-335.

View all 20 citations / Add more citations

References found in this work

From an ontological point of view.John Heil - 2003 - New York: Oxford University Press.
Truth and truthmakers.D. M. Armstrong - 2004 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
The Philosophy of Logical Atomism.Bertrand Russell - 1940 - Open Court. Edited by David Pears.
A World of States of Affairs.D. Armstrong - 1993 - Philosophical Perspectives 7:429-440.

View all 10 references / Add more references