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Truth and the World: An Explanationist Theory

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2018.10.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jonathan Tallant, Truth and the World: An Explanationist Theory, Routledge, 2018, 240pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138309777. Reviewed by Mark Jago, University of Nottingham Explaining truth is one of the tasks of philosophy, up there on the to-do list along with explaining morality, existence, and consciousness. Grand theories have been constructed, in an attempt to connect truth to the world. Truth depends on the world. Truth is correspondence with the facts. Truths have truthmakers, in virtue of whose existence they are true. Whatever the full story, it's going to be difficult, complex metaphysical stuff. Or so we've been led to believe. Jonathan Tallant challenges this view. He rejects truthmaker theory (as do many). In its place, he puts forward an 'explanationist' theory, on which each truth gets explained without recourse to truthmakers (or corresponding facts, or whatever).

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