Minimal Truthmakers

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 97 (2):228-244 (2016)
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Tuomas E. Tahko
University of Helsinki
Donnchadh O'Conaill
University of Leeds
Abstract
A minimal truthmaker for a given proposition is the smallest portion of reality which makes this proposition true. Minimal truthmakers are frequently mentioned in the literature, but there has been no systematic account of what they are or of their importance. In this article we shall clarify the notion of a minimal truthmaker and argue that there is reason to think that at least some propositions have minimal truthmakers. We shall then argue that the notion can play a useful role in truthmaker theory, by helping to explain the truth of certain propositions as precisely as possible.
Keywords truthmaking  truthmaker theory  relevance  discernment  David Armstrong  parthood  minimality  truth-making
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Fundamentality and Ontological Minimality.Tuomas E. Tahko - 2018 - In Ricki Bliss & Graham Priest (eds.), Reality and its Structure. Oxford University Press. pp. 237-253.

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