Priority Monism, Partiality, and Minimal truthmakers

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Abstract

Truthmaker monism is the view that the one and only truthmaker is the world. Despite its unpopularity, this view has recently received an admirable defence by Schaffer (Philos Q 60(239):307-324, 2010b). Its main defect, I argue, is that it omits partial truthmakers. If we omit partial truthmakers, we lose the intimate connection between a truth and its truthmaker. I further argue that the notion of a minimal truthmaker should be the key notion that plays the role of constraining ontology and that truthmaker monism is not necessary for an appropriate solution to the problem of finding truthmakers for negative truths. I conclude that we should reject truthmaker monism once and for all.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-91
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Volume172
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Fundamentality
  • Posterior parts
  • Priority monism
  • Truthmaking

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