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A critique of Armstrong’s truthmaking account of possibility


Kalhat, Javier (2008). A critique of Armstrong’s truthmaking account of possibility. Acta Analytica, 23(2):161-176.

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In this paper I argue against Armstrong’s recent truthmaking account of possibility. I show that the truthmaking account presupposes modality in a number of different ways, and consequently that it is incapable of underwriting a genuine reduction of modality. I also argue that Armstrong’s account faces serious difficulties irrespective of the question of reduction; in particular, I argue that his Entailment and Possibility Principles are both false.

Keywords: Armstrong - Truthmakers - Possibility - Reduction - Instantiation - Combinatorialism

In this paper I argue against Armstrong’s recent truthmaking account of possibility. I show that the truthmaking account presupposes modality in a number of different ways, and consequently that it is incapable of underwriting a genuine reduction of modality. I also argue that Armstrong’s account faces serious difficulties irrespective of the question of reduction; in particular, I argue that his Entailment and Possibility Principles are both false.

Keywords: Armstrong - Truthmakers - Possibility - Reduction - Instantiation - Combinatorialism

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:06 Mar 2009 15:18
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:09
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0353-5150
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s12136-008-0027-z
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-17317

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