A truthmaking account of realism and anti-realism
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Realism and anti-realism about a domain of thought are metaphysical theses that involve the natures of the truthmakers in that domain and the truthmaking relation that is operant in the domain. Truthmaker theory is not exclusive territory for realists: anti-realist views are also best understood in terms of how they understand truthmakers and truthmaking. In particular, I explore the possibility of projectivist truthmaking, and show how it makes sense of quasi-realism. In addition to critically examining some extant accounts of the relationship between realism and truthmaking, I offer an account that best captures the nature of the various realism debates.
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Asay, J. (2012). A truthmaking account of realism and anti-realism. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 93(3), 373-394. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2012.01431.x