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A Budget of Paradoxes [Vol I] by Augustus De Morgan; Sophia Elizabeth De Morgan; David Eugene

By Augustus De Morgan; Sophia Elizabeth De Morgan; David Eugene Smith

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This section presents four more arguments for those same two conclusions. But this section’s arguments, unlike those of the previous section, have nothing to do with necessary truths. So even those truthmaker theorists who misguidedly exempt necessary truths from Truthmaker’s demands should still endorse the two main conclusions of the previous section. Barry Smith denies that necessitation is the making true relation. But his denial has nothing to do with necessary truths. Smith says: ‘There are malignant necessitators.

But his denial has nothing to do with necessary truths. Smith says: ‘There are malignant necessitators. Suppose God wills that John kiss Mary now. God’s willing act thereby necessitates the truth of ‘‘John is kissing Mary’’. ) But God’s act is not a truthmaker for this judgment’ (Smith 1999: 278). Suppose God’s Truthmakers 29 willing really does necessitate that John is kissing Mary. Nevertheless, that willing is not a truthmaker for that John is kissing Mary. Therefore it is false that making true is nothing more than necessitation.

That truthmaker thereby 42 Negative Existentials necessitates the truth of every claim that (3) entails. And so if (3) has a truthmaker, there is something that, by its mere existence, necessitates the truth of that there is no sorcerer who would keep G from shattering, were G to be struck. Conversely, if nothing at all thus necessitates negative existentials, then (3) has no truthmaker, and, more generally, neither do any other dispositional conditionals. (More on dispositional conditionals in Ch.

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