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Single Idea 18493

[catalogued under 3. Truth / B. Truthmakers / 12. Rejecting Truthmakers]

Full Idea

When supporters of truth-making talk of 'something' which makes a sentence true, they make the assumption that it is an objectual quantifier in name position.

Gist of Idea

Truthmaker talk of 'something' making sentences true, which presupposes objectual quantification


Fraser MacBride (Truthmakers [2013], 3.8)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.27

A Reaction

We might say, more concisely, that they are 'reifying' the something. This makes it sound as if Armstrong and Bigelow have made a mistake, but that are simply asserting that this particular quantification is indeed objectual.

Related Idea

Idea 18492 Not all quantification is either objectual or substitutional [Williamson]