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Truth and Truth at a Time

Michael Tooley

in Time, Tense, and Causation

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250746
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250746.003.0006
 Truth and Truth at a Time

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Defends both the concepts of truth at a time and of truth simpliciter.

It rejects arguments against truth at a time, according to which this concept involves a confusion between propositions and propositional functions. It argues that tensed views of time should employ three valued logics, and that alleged problems with the latter can be overcome by distinguishing between factual truth and logical truth. Finally, the chapter defends the concept of truth simpliciter: Tensed views of time still require this concept so as to apply it to propositions involving atemporal entities.

Keywords: atemporal entities; factual truth; logical truth; propositional functions; propositions; three valued logic; truth at a time; truth simpliciter

Chapter.  12813 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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