White Rose University Consortium logo
University of Leeds logo University of Sheffield logo York University logo

Truthmakers and necessary connections

Cameron, R.P. (2008) Truthmakers and necessary connections. Synthese, 161 (1). pp. 27-45. ISSN 0039-7857

Full text available as:
[img]
Preview
Text
TruthmakerNecCon.pdf
Available under License : See the attached licence file.

Download (227Kb)

Abstract

In this paper I examine the objection to truthmaker theory, forcibly made by David Lewis and endorsed by many, that it violates the Humean denial of necessary connections between distinct existences. In Sect. 1 I present the argument that acceptance of truthmakers commits us to necessary connections. In Sect. 2 I examine Lewis' 'Things-qua-truthmakers' theory which attempts to give truthmakers without such a commitment, and find it wanting. In Sects. 3-5 I discuss various formulations of the denial of necessary connections and argue that each of them is either false or compatible with truthmaker theory. In Sect. 6 I show how the truthmaker theorist can resist the charge that they are committed to necessary exclusions between possible existents. I conclude that there is no good objection to truthmaker theory on the grounds that it violates the Humean dictum.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2008 Springer Verlag. This is an author produced version of a paper published in SYNTHESE. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self archiving policy.
Keywords: truthmakers, necessary connections, Lewis
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Administrator York
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2008 16:42
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:05
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11229-006-9152-7
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1007/s11229-006-9152-7
Related URLs:
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3729

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item