How truth depends upon being

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Abstract

According to Armstrong (amongst others) 'any truth, should depend for its truth for something "outside" it' where this one-way dependency is explained in terms of the asymmetric relationship that obtains between a truth and its truth-maker. But there's no need to appeal to truth-makers to make sense of this dependency. The truth of a proposition is essentially determined by the interlocking semantic mechanism of reference and satisfaction which already ensures that the truth-value of a proposition depends on how things stand outside it. By contrast, how things stand outside of a proposition is determined by other worldly mechanisms that have nothing to do with truth.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-378
Number of pages9
JournalAnalysis
Volume74
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014