Truth as One and Many

Michael P. Lynch

in Truth as One and Many

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199218738
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191711794 | DOI:
 Truth as One and Many

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How can we understand truth as both many and one? This chapter supplies an answer: truth is an immanent functional property. This is alethic functionalism. To say that truth is a functional property implies that propositions are true when they have a property that plays the truth-role. A property plays the truth-role when it has the truish features — those features described by the folk truisms discussed in Chapter 1. The property of truth itself is the property that has those features essentially, or plays the truth-role as such. But that single property can be manifested by other properties — properties that play the truth-role in some domains but not in others. In some domains of inquiry, superwarrant plays the truth-role; in other domains, the role is played by representation. The chapter articulates and begins to defend these views.

Keywords: alethic functionalism; immanent properties; manifestation; realization; functional properties; truish features

Chapter.  5711 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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