Minimal Truthmakers

Donnchadh O'conaill, Tuomas E. Tahko

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-244
JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Issue number2
Early online dateFeb 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • Metaphysics
  • Truth
  • Truthmaking


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