Philosophical Studies

, Volume 163, Issue 2, pp 403-427

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Coming true: a note on truth and actuality

  • Richard DietzAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of Tokyo
  • , Julien MurziAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of KentMunich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität Email author 

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John MacFarlane has recently presented a novel argument in support of truth-relativism. According to this, contextualists fail to accommodate retrospective reassessments of propositional contents, when it comes to languages which are rich enough to express actuality. The aim of this note is twofold. First, it is to argue that the argument can be effectively rejected, since it rests on an inadequate conception of actuality. Second, it is to offer a more plausible account of actuality in branching time, along the line of David Lewis (Noûs 4:175–88, 1970; Postscripts to ‘Anselm and actuality’, Philosophical papers I, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1983).


Truth-relativism Contextualism Actuality Future contingents