more from David M. Armstrong

Single Idea 18468

[catalogued under 3. Truth / B. Truthmakers / 4. Truthmaker Necessitarianism]

Full Idea

In a bold manouevre Armstrong posited a metaphysically primtive relation of necessitation, and then defined truth-makers in terms of this bridging relation, as a thing that necessitates something being true.

Gist of Idea

Armstrong says truthmakers necessitate their truth, where 'necessitate' is a primitive relation


report of David M. Armstrong (Truth and Truthmakers [2004], 02.3) by Fraser MacBride - Truthmakers 1.2

Book Reference

Armstrong,D.M.: 'Truth and Truthmakers' [CUP 2004], p.7

A Reaction

[Not sure of page reference] Spelled out so clearly by MacBride, this sounds dubious. How many truths are necessitated by the City of London? Do truthmakers necessitate the existence of their truths? MacBride says its a circular theory.

Related Idea

Idea 18469 God might necessitate that something happen, but He is not the truth-maker for it [Smith,B]