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Single Idea 18901

[catalogued under 3. Truth / B. Truthmakers / 5. What Makes Truths / a. What makes truths]

Full Idea

A fact is an existential characteristic 'of' the domain; it is not something 'in' the domain. To search for truth-making facts in the world is indeed futile.

Gist of Idea

Truthmakers are facts 'of' a domain, not something 'in' the domain


Fred Sommers (Intellectual Autobiography [2005], 'Existence')

Book Reference

'The Old New Logic', ed/tr. Oderberg,David S. [MIT 2005], p.19

A Reaction

Attacking Austin on truth. Helpful. It is hard to see how a physical object has a mysterious power to 'make' a truth. No energy-transfer seems involved in the making. Animals think true thoughts; I suspect that concerns their mental maps of the world.

Related Ideas

Idea 10835 True sentences says the appropriate descriptive thing on the appropriate demonstrative occasion [Austin,JL]

Idea 18902 Correspondence theories can't tell you what truths correspond to [Davidson]