The trouble with truth-makers

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 78 (1):45–62 (1997)
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Abstract

This paper argues that theories of truth which seek to specify the ontological ground of true statements by appealing to an ontology of truth‐makers face a severe and possibly insurmountable obstacle in the form of logically complex statements. I argue that there is no apparent way to develop an account of logically complex truth within the confines of a modest and plausible ontology of truth‐makers and to this end criticize independent attempts by Armstrong and Pendlebury to develop such an account.

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The Philosophy of Logical Atomism.Bertrand Russell - 1919 - The Monist 29 (2):190-222.

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