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In Print: Truthmaking

Dr. Jamin Asay, associate professor of philosophy, and his new book, "Truthmaking."
Dr. Jamin Asay, associate professor of philosophy, and his new book, "Truthmaking."

Publication Title



Dr. Jamin Asay


Cambridge University Press

Publication Date

January 20, 2023

About the Book (from the publisher)

Truthmaking is the metaphysical exploration of the idea that what is true depends upon what exists. Truthmaker theorists argue about what the truthmaking relation involves, which truths require truthmakers, and what those truthmakers are. This Element covers the dominant views on these core issues in truthmaking. It also explores some key metaphysical topics and debates that are usefully approached by employing the tools of truthmaker theory: the debate between presentists and eternalists over the existence of entities from the past, and the debate between actualists and possibilists over merely possible states of affairs. In the final section, the Element explores how to think about truthmakers for truths involving social constructions.

About the Author

Jamin Asay is an Associate Professor of Philosophy. Prior to joining the Purdue faculty, he was Chairperson in Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong. He previously taught at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds an M.A. from Northern Illinois University and a B.A. from Whitman College.

Asay works in the areas of metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science, with particular interest in the nature of truth and its connection to other areas of philosophy. He is currently researching the role of truth in political speech, psychological development, and the Chinese philosophical tradition.

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