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Truthmakers: The Contemporary Debate

Helen Beebee and Julian Dodd


Many contemporary metaphysicians and philosophers of language commit themselves to some version or other of the truthmaker principle: the thesis that truths must be made true by something. Such truthmaker theorists have sought to justify their approach in various ways. Many have claimed that the truthmaker principle is a distillation of what is worth salvaging in the correspondence theory of truth; others have suggested that an adherence to the truthmaker principle enables us to avoid pernicious strains of idealism; yet others have argued that the principle has an essential explanatory functio ... More

Keywords: truth, correspondence theory, truthmaker principle, problem of universals, contemporary metaphysicians, philosophers of language, idealism, explanatory function, universals

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199283569
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283569.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Beebee, editor
University of Manchester
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Julian Dodd, editor
University of Manchester
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