Truth and Ontology
By (author) Trenton Merricks
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Truth and Ontology by Trenton Merricks
Book DescriptionThat there are no white ravens is true because there are no white ravens. And so there is a sense in which that truth 'depends on the world'. But this sort of dependence is trivial. After all, it does not imply that there is anything that is that truth's 'truthmaker'. Nor does it imply that something exists to which that truth corresponds. Nor does it imply that there are properties whose exemplification grounds that truth. Trenton Merricks explores whether and how truth depends substantively on the world or on things or on being. And he takes a careful look at philosophical debates concerning, among other things, modality, time, and dispositions. He looks at these debates because any account of truth's substantive dependence on being has implications for them. And these debates likewise have implications for how and whether truth depends on being. Along the way, Merricks makes a number of new points about each of these debates that are of independent interest, of interest apart from the question of truth's dependence on being. Truth and Ontology concludes that some truths do not depend on being in any substantive way at all. One result of this conclusion is that it is a mistake to oppose a philosophical theory merely because it violates truth's alleged substantive dependence on being. Another result is that the correspondence theory of truth is false and, more generally, that truth itself is not a relation of any sort between truth-bearers and that which 'makes them true'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199205233
(210mm x 140mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 19-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Trenton Merricks
Propositions, Hardback (March 2015)
Trenton Merricks presents an original argument for the existence of propositions, and defends an account of their nature. He draws a variety of controversial conclusions, for instance about supervaluationism, the nature of possible worlds, truths about non-existent entities, and whether and how logical consequence depends on modal facts.
Truth and Ontology, Paperback (April 2009)
A central question in philosophy is whether and how truth depends on the world. Trenton Merricks considers the question not in abstract isolation but in the context of its implications for a variety of other philosophical debates. He casts new light not only on the nature of truth but on these philosophical debates themselves.
Objects and Persons, Paperback (October 2003)» View all books by Trenton Merricks
This work presents a theory of the ontology of material objects. Trenton Merricks defends the following criterion for existence of a physical object: that it has a causal role over and above that of its parts.
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