Inquiry & Ordinary Truthmakers

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Abstract

This paper argues that accepting an ordinary approach to truthmakers and rejecting something I call “the metaphysical knowledge assumption” (MKA) allows us to account for inquiry in terms of truthmaking. §1 introduces inquiry and the potential place of truthmakers in inquiry. §2 presents the relevant ordinary notion of truthmakers. §3 presents and motivates MKA. This assumption, I argue (§4), makes a truthmaker-focused account of inquiry whose objects are not the fundamental nature of things impossible and thus should be rejected. The ordinary picture, which understands truthmakers not exclusively in terms of the objects of fundamental reality or of semantics (§5), but in terms of the relevant, intentional objects of inquiry, gives us an attractive, general, truthmaker-based view of inquiry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-273
Number of pages27
JournalMetaphysica
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • inquiry
  • intentionality
  • ontology
  • ordinary truthmakers
  • truthmakers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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