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Deflationism and truthmaking

Simpson, M; (2019) Deflationism and truthmaking. Synthese 10.1007/s11229-019-02273-y. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This paper is about the relationship between truthmaking—one of the pillars of contemporary metaphysics—and deflationism about truth—one of the main contenders in the debate about truth, and a key component of the broad anti-metaphysical philosophical approach known as (contemporary) pragmatism. Many philosophers have argued that deflationism and truthmaking are incompatible or in conflict in some interesting way. Some take this to count against deflationism, others to count against truthmaking. In this paper I argue that deflationism and truthmaking are compatible in most of the ways in which they are commonly thought to be incompatible. Deflationism does not render truthmaking unintelligible, avoidable, unmotivated, or trivial NB this must be changed in the abstract itself too (e.g. in page 2 of the file this proof is part of.). While deflationism is incompatible with certain ideas within mainstream truthmaking, I argue that these ideas result from merely optional assumptions and principles commonly accepted by mainstream truthmaker theorists.

Type: Article
Title: Deflationism and truthmaking
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11229-019-02273-y
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-019-02273-y
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2019. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Deflationism, Truthmaking, Truth, Truthmakers, Metaphysics
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10076901
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