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The Four-Category OntologyA Metaphysical Foundation for Natural Science$
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E. J. Lowe

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199254392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199254397.001.0001

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Metaphysical Realism and the Unity of Truth

Metaphysical Realism and the Unity of Truth

(p.177) 11 Metaphysical Realism and the Unity of Truth
The Four-Category Ontology

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A connection between metaphysical realism and the idea that truth is single and indivisible (alethic monism) is proposed. It is argued that propositions are the primary bearers of truth and truth itself is ineliminable. It is urged that truthmakers are many and do not all belong to the same ontological category. The need to posit facts or states of affairs as truthmakers, as proposed by D. M. Armstrong, is questioned. The unity of truth is related to the principle of non-contradiction, and the unpalatable ontological implications of relativism are examined.

Keywords:   D. M. Armstrong, metaphysical realism, principle of non-contradiction, propositions, relativism, states of affairs, truth, truth makers

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