Author: Adam Lovett
Abstract. Truths require truthmakers, many think. In this paper I will discuss the scope of this requirement. Truthmaker maximalism is the claim that, necessarily, all truths require truthmakers. I shall argue against this claim. I shall argue against it on the basis of its implications. I shall first consider its implications
when applied to synthetic, contingent propositions. If the truthmaker requirement
applies to these propositions, so I shall argue, it is not possible for there to be
nothing, and it is not possible for any (possibly) accompanied entity to exist on its
own. I shall then consider its implications when applied to modal propositions,
specifically those concerning possible existence. I shall argue that if the truthmaker
requirement applies to such propositions, then there can be no relation which is
equivalent to metaphysical explanation, which – I shall suggest – amounts to a
denial of the existence of grounding.
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