Single Idea 18919

[catalogued under 3. Truth / B. Truthmakers / 5. What Makes Truths / a. What makes truths]

Full Idea

A false proposition is not made false by anything like a 'falsifying' fact. A false proposition simply fails to be made true by any fact.

Gist of Idea

There are no 'falsifying' facts, only an absence of truthmakers


George Engelbretsen (Trees, Terms and Truth [2005], 4)

Book Reference

'The Old New Logic', ed/tr. Oderberg,David S. [MIT 2005], p.44

A Reaction

Sounds good. In truthmaker theory, one truth-value (T) is 'made', but the other one is not, so there is no symmetry between the two. Better to talk of T and not-T? See ideas on Excluded Middle.

Related Idea

Idea 17924 Excluded middle says P or not-P; bivalence says P is either true or false [Colyvan]