Making (Up) the Truth with Anselm, part 6
What our statements have been made to do, at least in general, according to Anselm, is to affirm precisely that what-is is and that what-is-not is not. At this point in the dialogue the Teacher introduces a crucially important sequence of inferences climaxing in his definition of truth, beginning with his observation that insofar as stating that what-is is or what-is-not is not is what an affirmation has been “made” (facta est) to do, then this is what it “ought to do” (Hoc ergo debet). The purpose or intention with which a thing, including a statement, has been brought into being creates the expectation and hence moral and metaphysical obligation for what that thing ought to be and to do. Thus, when a statement does what it ought, the Teacher continues, then it “signifies rightly” (recte significat) and its “signification is correct” (recta est significatio). It is when a statement signifies rightly and correctly, finally, that “its signification is true” (vera est significatio), meaning that “an affirmation’s truth is simply its rightness, or correctness” (Ergo non est illi aliud veritas quam rectitudo), and the truth of anything in general just is that thing’s correctness (veritatem esse rectitudinem) with regard to the purpose for which it was made. The possibility of a thing being true or having truth, in sum, lies in that thing (a) having been made, (b) having been made for a purpose, and (c) in its fulfilling that purpose well, that is, with correctness or rectitude.
 In the words of T.F. Torrance, “That a thing is what it is and not another thing demands that we signify it in accordance with what it is. We owe it to the nature of a thing to do that. We signify it truly, therefore, when we fulfil a debitum toward the thing signified.” Torrance, “The Ethical Implications of Anslem’s De Veritate,” 309.
 As Campbell has aptly put it, “It emerges from all this that for Anselm truth, that is, correctness, is something which is done.” Campbell, “Anselm’s Background Metaphysics,” 325, emphasis original.