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Truthmaking, Recombination, and Facts Ontology

Frank Hofmann
Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition
Vol. 128, No. 2 (Mar., 2006), pp. 409-440
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4321728
Page Count: 32
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Truthmaking, Recombination, and Facts Ontology
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Abstract

The idea of truthmakers is important for doing serious metaphysics, since a truthmaker principle can give us important guidance in finding out what we would like to include into our ontology. Recently, David Lewis has argued against Armstrong's argument that a plausible truthmaker principle requires us to accept facts. I would like to take a close look at the argument. I will argue in detail that the Humean principle of recombination on which Lewis relies is not plausible (independently of the issue of facts). Then I will show that the right truthmaker principle that vindicates facts is superior to the modified truthmaker principle that Lewis has proposed. This will lead into the topic of being and existence. It turns out that truthmaking and facts are plausible, well suited for one another, and very coherent with a plausible conception of being.

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