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Single Idea 18469

[catalogued under 3. Truth / B. Truthmakers / 4. Truthmaker Necessitarianism]

Full Idea

Suppose that God wills that John kiss Mary now. God's willing thereby necessitates the truth of 'John is kissing Mary'. But God's act is not a truth-maker for this judgement.

Gist of Idea

God might necessitate that something happen, but He is not the truth-maker for it


Barry Smith (Truth-maker Realism [1999], p.6), quoted by Fraser MacBride - Truthmakers 1.2

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.5

A Reaction

The point is that truth-making relates to the fact that it happened, not what necessitated it to happen. But Armstrong might reply that his truth-maker 'necessitation' primitive is not the kind of necessitation found in worldly relations.

Related Idea

Idea 18468 Armstrong says truthmakers necessitate their truth, where 'necessitate' is a primitive relation [Armstrong, by MacBride]