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Single Idea 9084

[catalogued under 19. Language / D. Propositions / 4. Mental Propositions]

Full Idea

If propositions are brain inscriptions, then if there had been no human beings there would have been no propositions. But then 'there are no human beings' would have been true, so there would have been at least one truth (and thus one proposition).

Gist of Idea

Propositions can't just be in brains, because 'there are no human beings' might be true


Alvin Plantinga (Why Propositions cannot be concrete [1993], p.229)

Book Reference

Plantinga,Alvin: 'Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality' [OUP 2003], p.229

A Reaction

This would make 'there are no x's' true for any value of x apart from actual objects, which implies an infinity of propositions. Does Plantinga really believe that these all exist? He may be confusing propositions with facts.