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Paper   IPM / Philosophy / 14447
School of Analytic Philosophy
  Title:   The Mirage of Falsemakers
  Author(s):  M. Zamani
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Teorema: Revista internacional de filosofía
  No.:  1
  Vol.:  34
  Year:  2015
  Pages:   19-35
  Supported by:  IPM
The truthmaker principle faces a number of problems, including that of negative truths. Lewis, among others, tries to solve the problem of negative truths by appealing to falsemakers. In this paper, firstly I argue that certain steps of Lewis's argument for the equivalence of the truthmaker and the falsemaker principles are unjustified, and then I suggest a new argument for this equivalence. Secondly, I argue that Lewis's characterization of the falsemaker principle is not appropriate and then I suggest my own characterization of it. Thirdly, I argue that appealing to falsemakers will not solve the problem.

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