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Robert Michels
Università Della Svizzera Italiana
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This paper motivates and defends a principle which captures a systematic connection between essence, truth, and grounding. It says that if a proposition expresses an essential truth, i.e., if it is true in virtue of the nature of some objects, then there are grounds for its truth which involve these objects. Together with the assumption that a fact can only be grounded in facts which are relevant to it, this principle is then applied in an argument against the monotonicity of the Essentialist notion ‘true in virtue of the nature of’.
Keywords essence  essential truth  grounding  ground  truthmaking  truthgrounding  truthmakers
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DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/ergo.12405314.0005.030
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