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From an Ontological Point of View

John Heil


Implicit in much contemporary philosophy is a Picture Theory of language according to which we can ‘read off’ features of the world from features of our ways of talking about the world. Predicates applying truthfully to objects, for instance, are taken to name properties of those objects possessed by every object to which the predicates apply. Such a principle might be thought to follow from a more general ‘truth‐making’ requirement (truths require truth‐makers) together with the idea that truth‐makers entail truths. I argue that truth‐making is not entailment and that the Picture Theory shoul ... More

Keywords: Locke, C. B. Martin, metaphysics, mind, mode, ontology, Picture Theory, power, predicate, property, quality, trope, truth, truth‐making

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199259748
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199259747.001.0001


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John Heil, author
Paul B. Freeland Professor of Philosophy, Davidson College, North Carolina, and Professor of Philosophy, Monash University, Australia
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