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Single Idea 18477

[catalogued under 3. Truth / B. Truthmakers / 6. Making Negative Truths]

Full Idea

It's not obvious that there are enough positive states out there to underwrite all the negative truths. Even though it may be true that this liquid is odourless this needn't be because there's something further about it that excludes its being odourless.

Gist of Idea

There aren't enough positive states out there to support all the negative truths


Fraser MacBride (Truthmakers [2013],

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.14

A Reaction

What is the ontological status of all these hypothetical truths? What is the truthmaker for 'a trillion trillion negative truths exist'? What is the status of 'this is not not-red'?