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Molnar on Truthmakers for Negative Truths

Kürbis, N; (2018) Molnar on Truthmakers for Negative Truths. Metaphysica , 19 (2) pp. 225-250. 10.1515/mp-2018-0014. Green open access

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Abstract

Molnar argues that the problem of truthmakers for negative truths arises because we tend to accept four metaphysical principles that entail that all negative truths have positive truthmakers. This conclusion, however, already follows from only three of Molnar´s metaphysical principles. One purpose of this note is to set the record straight. I provide an alternative reading of two of Molnar´s principles on which they are all needed to derive the desired conclusion. Furthermore, according to Molnar, the four principles may be inconsistent. By themselves, however, they are not. The other purpose of this note is to propose some plausible further principles that, when added to the four metaphysical theses, entail a contradiction.

Type: Article
Title: Molnar on Truthmakers for Negative Truths
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1515/mp-2018-0014
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2018-0014
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: negation; falsity; truth; truth makers; correspondence
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071963
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