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Karen Bennett and Dean W. Zimmerman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199603039

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603039.001.0001

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Truthmaking for Presentists 1

Truthmaking for Presentists 1

(p.55) 2. Truthmaking for Presentists1
Oxford Studies in Metaphysics

Ross P. Cameron

Oxford University Press

This chapter aims to reconcile presentism with truthmaker theory. It begins by motivating the reconciliation. Section 2 asks what is wrong with the Lucretian strategy of grounding ‘there were dinosaurs’ in the world's instantiating being such that there were dinosaurs. The chapter aims to pinpoint what is ‘peculiar’ about such properties and hence to say what kind of properties the presentist needs in order to give an acceptable reconciliation. Section 3 argues that certain distributional properties do the job. Section 4 deals with some potential objections. Section 5 shows how the presentist who accepts this chapter's view can deal with the open future; this raises questions concerning how to give truthmakers for indeterminate and determinate truths, which are dealt with in Section 6. Section 7 makes some remarks concerning ontology versus ideology, which leads into a discussion of tense, determinacy, and modality in Section 8.

Keywords:   truthmaker, presentism, distributional properties, open future, indeterminacy, ontology, ideology

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