Published in Synthese 152 (2006), 21–47.
Abstract: The article develops an analysis of the notion of a truth-maker which relates it to other notions of making something such-and-such. It is shown that the notion of a truth-maker is a close relative of a concept employed by van Inwagen in the formulation of his Consequence Argument. This circumstance helps understanding the general mechanisms of the concepts involved. A schematic explication of a whole battery of related notions is offered. It is based on an explanatory notion, introduced by the sentential operator ‘because’. Finally, on the basis of the explication proposed, an argument is developed to the effect that the objects usually regarded as truth-makers are not apt to play this role