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Re: [ontolog-forum] {Disarmed} Reality and Truth

To: Ingvar Johansson <ingvar.johansson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 20 May 2007 09:49:50 -0700
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>KCliffer@xxxxxxx schrieb:
>>  Paola,
>>  I'm trying to restrain myself, because I think we're coming to a basic
>>  agreement in this line of thought.
>I am happy to join what I take to be your agreement on the concept of
>truth. Let me just test my understanding.
>In one of her mails, Paola wrote: "Truth (like falseness) is a quality
>of a statement or assertion about reality." In philosophicl ontology, it
>is sometimes necessary to distinguish between *monadic qualities* and
>*relational qualities*. The quality of "being a sphere" is monadic; 
>when there is an instance of sphericity it simply inheres in a thing.
>The quality of "being more spherelike than the Earth", on the other
>hand, is a relational quality. If we claim "Venus is more spherelike
>than the Earth", then we claim not only that Venus has a certain shape,
>we also claim that this shape stands in a certain *relationship* to
>another shape. Now, what has this distinction with the truth concept to do?
>In my understanding of Ken's nice exposition, truth as a "quality of a
>statement" cannot possibly be a monadic quality, it has to be a
>*relational quality*; it must bring in a relation of correspondence
>between the statement and something that ought to be called a
>*truthmaker*. To claim that a statement is completely true is to claim
>that it has a relation of complete correspondence to a truthmaker; to
>claim that it is truthlike is to claim that it has a relation of partial
>correspondence to a truthmaker.
>Do you (at least Ken and Paola) agree?    (01)

I agree. Although I am slightly puzzled by your 
use of the indefinite article. Do you think there 
can be many truthmakers?    (02)

Pat Hayes    (03)

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