Relations and Truthmaking

Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 111 (1pt1):161-179 (2011)
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Fraser MacBride
University of Manchester
Abstract
Can Bradley's Regress be solved by positing relational tropes as truth-makers? No, no more than Russell's paradox can be solved by positing Fregean extensions. To call a trope relational is to pack into its essence the relating function it is supposed to perform but without explaining what Bradley's Regress calls into question, viz. the capacity of relations to relate. This problem has been masked from view by the (questionable) assumption that the only genuine ontological problems that can be intelligibly raised are those that can be answered by providing a schedule of truthmakers.
Keywords Tropes  Facts  Bradley's Regress  Truthmakers  Ontological Commitments  Simons
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9264.2011.00304.x
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