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Truthmakers (are indexed combinations)

Author(s): Wolfgang Freitag

Journal: Studia Philosophica Estonica
ISSN 1406-0000

Volume: 1.2;
Start page: 228;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Bradley's regress | truthmakers | facts

My aim is to show that theories which try to construct truthmakers out of objects and properties/relations alone are not tenable: The Frege–Wittgenstein idea of incompleteness does not yield truthmakers. Armstrong’s theory of partial identity and the theory of moments, i.e., of non-transferable properties, yield truthmakers, but these theories have counter-intuitive consequences. I conclude that the notion of a truthmaker makes ontological demands beyond objects and properties/relations and propose that truthmakers are exemplification relations which are necessarily tied to objects and properties/relations.
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