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Single Idea 18387

[catalogued under 3. Truth / B. Truthmakers / 7. Making Modal Truths]

Full Idea

The obvious minimal truthmaker for the truth that 'it is possible that a unicorn exists' is combinatorial. The elements of the combination are all that is needed.

Gist of Idea

The truthmakers for possible unicorns are the elements in their combination


David M. Armstrong (Truth and Truthmakers [2004], 07.5)

Book Reference

Armstrong,D.M.: 'Truth and Truthmakers' [CUP 2004], p.91

A Reaction

This seems to imply that there are no possibilities which are not combinations of what currently exists.

Related Idea

Idea 18385 Logical atomism builds on the simple properties, but are they the only possible properties? [Armstrong]