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Truth and Ontology$
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Trenton Merricks

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199205233

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205233.001.0001

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(p.119) 6 Presentism
Truth and Ontology

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Presentism, a theory about the nature of time, implies that there are no merely past objects or events. That the Trojans were conquered is true. Given presentism, that truth seems to lack both a truthmaker and also a supervenience base of the sort required by TSB. Thus, presentism appears to be — and, this chapter argues, really is — inconsistent with Truthmaker and TSB. Rather than take this to be a reason to reject presentism, this chapter argues that we should instead see it as a reason to jettison Truthmaker and TSB.

Keywords:   supervenience base, time, Truthmaker, past

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