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Single Idea 18470

[catalogued under 3. Truth / B. Truthmakers / 2. Truthmaker Relation]

Full Idea

The signs are that truth-making is not analysable in terms of anything more primitive, but we need to be able to say more than just that. So we ought to consider it as specified by principles of truth-making.

Gist of Idea

Maybe truth-making is an unanalysable primitive, but we can specify principles for it


Barry Smith (Truth-maker Realism: response to Gregory [2000], p.20), quoted by Fraser MacBride - Truthmakers 1.5

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.9

A Reaction

This is the axiomatic approach to such problems - treat the target concept as an undefinable, unanalysable primitive, and then give rules for its connections. Maybe all metaphysics should work like that, with a small bunch of primitives.