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Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

Volume 85, Issue 1, July 2012

Stephen Barker, Mark Jago
Pages 117-138

Being Positive About Negative Facts

Negative facts get a bad press. One reason for this is that it is not clear what negative facts are. We provide a theory of negative facts on which they are no stranger than positive atomic facts. We show that none of the usual arguments hold water against this account. Negative facts exist in the usual sense of existence and conform to an acceptable Eleatic principle. Furthermore, there are good reasons to want them around, including their roles in causation, chance-making and truth-making, and in constituting holes and edges.

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