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Single Idea 14023

[catalogued under 3. Truth / B. Truthmakers / 9. Making Past Truths]

Full Idea

The Truthmaker thesis (that 'for every truth there is a truthmaker, that is, something whose very existence entails the truth' - Fox 1987) spells trouble for the presentist about time.

Gist of Idea

The Truthmaker thesis spells trouble for presentists


Thomas M. Crisp (Presentism [2003], 3.4)

Book Reference

'The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics', ed/tr. Loux,M /Zimmerman,D [OUP 2005], p.237

A Reaction

The point is that presentists can no longer express truths about the past (never mind the future), because the truthmakers for them don't exist. This seems to neglect the power of tense - the truth of the claim that 'p was true'.