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Examination of Merricks’ Primitivism about Truth

A. R. J. Fisher
Published Online: 2014-05-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2014-0017


Merricks (2007; Truth and Ontology. Oxford: Clarendon Press) argues for and defends a novel version of primitivism about truth: being true is a primitive monadic but non-intrinsic property. This examination consists of the following triad: a critical discussion of Merricks’ argument for his view, a rejection of his objection against Horwich’s (1998; Truth, 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press) minimalist theory of truth, and a direct objection against his view on the grounds that it entails being true is a mysterious and suspicious property. The conclusion is that Merricks’ primitivism should be rejected.

Keywords: truth; ontology; non-relational; non-intrinsic properties


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Published Online: 2014-05-08

Published in Print: 2014-11-28

Citation Information: Metaphysica, Volume 15, Issue 2, Pages 281–298, ISSN (Online) 1874-6373, ISSN (Print) 1437-2053, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2014-0017.

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