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[catalogued under 3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 2. Defining Truth]

Full Idea

We might define truth using the truth-maker relation, albeit in a roundabout way, according to the pattern of saying 'S is true' is equivalent to 'there is something which makes S true'.

Gist of Idea

We might define truth as arising from the truth-maker relation


Fraser MacBride (Truthmakers [2013], 3.3)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.23

A Reaction

[MacBride gives it more algebraically, but I prefer English!] You would need to explain 'truth-making' without reference to truth. Horwich objects, reasonably, that ordinary people grasp 'truth' much more clearly than 'truth-making'. Bad idea, I think.