Two problems for Zylstra's truthmaker semantics for essence

Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming)
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In his article ‘Making semantics for essence’ (Inquiry, 2019), Justin Zylstra proposed a truthmaker semantics for essence and used it to evaluate principles regarding the explanatory role of essence. The aim of this article is to show that Zylstra's semantics has implausible implications and thus cannot adequately capture essence.

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Lisa Vogt
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