Truth-making and correspondence
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On the other hand, it is only kinship. Armstrong also maintains (ibid.: ch. 8.5) that the correspondence theory is too ambitious in certain crucial respects and that the truth-maker principle improves on it by being more modest while at the same time capturing what is right about the correspondence theory. Michael Dummett, rather less sympathetic to the correspondence theory, had said earlier that “we have nowadays abandoned the correspondence theory of truth”; but he added that it nevertheless “expresses one important feature of the concept of truth…: that a statement is true only if there is something in the world in virtue of which it is true” (Dummett 1959: 14). Alex Oliver has put this more starkly: “ e truth-maker principle is a sanitised version of a correspondence theory of truth” (Oliver 1996: 69).