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Truthmaking for Presentists<sup>1</sup>

Ross P. Cameron

in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603039
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725418 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603039.003.0002

Series: Oxford Studies in Metaphysics

Truthmaking for Presentists1

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This chapter aims to reconcile presentism with truthmaker theory. It begins by motivating the reconciliation. Section 2 asks what is wrong with the Lucretian strategy of grounding ‘there were dinosaurs’ in the world's instantiating being such that there were dinosaurs. The chapter aims to pinpoint what is ‘peculiar’ about such properties and hence to say what kind of properties the presentist needs in order to give an acceptable reconciliation. Section 3 argues that certain distributional properties do the job. Section 4 deals with some potential objections. Section 5 shows how the presentist who accepts this chapter's view can deal with the open future; this raises questions concerning how to give truthmakers for indeterminate and determinate truths, which are dealt with in Section 6. Section 7 makes some remarks concerning ontology versus ideology, which leads into a discussion of tense, determinacy, and modality in Section 8.

Keywords: truthmaker; presentism; distributional properties; open future; indeterminacy; ontology; ideology

Chapter.  20309 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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