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Single Idea 18484

[catalogued under 3. Truth / B. Truthmakers / 1. For Truthmakers]

Full Idea

For Martin the fatal error of phenomenalists was their inability to supply credible truth-makers for truths about unobserved objects; the same error afflicted Ryle's behaviourism, ...and Prior's Presentism (for past-tensed and future-tensed truths).

Gist of Idea

Phenomenalists, behaviourists and presentists can't supply credible truth-makers


Fraser MacBride (Truthmakers [2013], 3.1)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.22

A Reaction

This seems to be the original motivation for the modern rise of the truthmaker idea. Personally I find 'Napoleon won at Austerlitz' is a perfectly good past-tensed truthmaker which is compatible with presentism. Truth-making is an excellent challenge.