An essentialist approach to truth-making
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De nitions of the truth-making relation that appeal to the notion of metaphysical necessity are notoriously prone to problems, because they seem to be incapable of discriminating su ciently nely between the truth-makers of di erent propositions, thus threatening to undermine or trivialize the very notion of a “truthmaker”. In this chapter, another approach is developed that appeals instead to a primitive notion of essence and explicates the truth-making relation in terms of a relationship of essential dependence between a proposition and its truth-maker(s). An advantage of this approach is that it draws on a theory of essence that is, very arguably, needed in any case in order to provide a satisfactory general account of modal truth and modal knowledge. As such, it is arguably superior to an account of truth-making that appeals merely to the unanalysed notion of a true proposition’s being true “in virtue of ” its truth-maker(s).