Single Idea 18509

[catalogued under 3. Truth / B. Truthmakers / 3. Truthmaker Maximalism]

Full Idea

I do not subscribe to the thesis that every truth requires a truthmaker. Mathematical truths and truths of logic are compatible with any way the universe could be.

Gist of Idea

Not all truths need truthmakers - mathematics and logic seem to be just true


John Heil (The Universe as We Find It [2012], 01.5)

Book Reference

Heil,John: 'The Universe as We Find It' [OUP 2012], p.10

A Reaction

He makes that sound like a knock-down argument, but I'm not convinced. I see logic and mathematics as growing out of nature, though that is a very unfashionable view. I'm almost ashamed of it. But I'm not giving it up. See Carrie Jenkins.