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Title: Uniform Grounding of Truth and the Growing Block Theory: A Reply to Heathwood
Contributor(s): Forrest, Peter (author)
Publication Date: 2006
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8284.2006.00606.x
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Abstract: Chris Heathwood requires the sentence 'Caesar was conscious when he crossed the Rubicon' to be made true in much the same way as 'Caesar was wet when he crossed the Rubicon' (2005: 250). Yet because the Growing Block theorist is committed to the zombiedom of the past,the former is not made true by past objects, although the latter is. Heathwood demands a uniform account of the grounding of truths and he will be given a uniform account. But we should exercise care in deciding just what sort of uniformity is appropriate. As Russell (1905) so famously pointed out a century ago the subject/predicate form of a sentence can be misleading. Likewise although the two sentences 'Caesar is conscious' and 'Caesar is wet' have similar subject/predicate forms they have, I say, different kinds of truth-conditions and hence their past tense transformations also have different kinds of truth-conditions. The uniformity I endorse is that in both cases the grounds for the past tense transformation are the same as the grounds the present tense versions used to have when they were true.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Analysis, 66(290), p. 161-163
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0003-2638
Field of Research (FOR): 220399 Philosophy not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: C2 Non-Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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