Relations and truthmaking II

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Abstract

Can Bradley's Regress be Solved by positing relational tropes as truthmakers? No, no more than Russell's Paradox can be solved by positing Fregean extensions. To call a trope relational is to pack into its essence the relating function it is supposed to perform but without explaining what Bradley's Regress calls into question, viz. the capacity of relations to relate. This problem has been masked from view by the (questionable) assumption that the only genuine ontological problems that can be intelligibly raised are those that can be answered by providing a schedule of truthmakers.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-179
Number of pages19
JournalProceedings of the Aristotelian Society
Volume111
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2011