Auburn University Philosophy Society

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Friday, September 21, 2018
3:00 PM
Ross Hall | 136
Free and open to the public.

Michael Bertrand (Auburn) will present his paper "Two Concepts of Metaphysical Grounding".


The idea that some things ground, and so depend, on others looms large in contemporary metaphysics. Throughout its rapidly growing literature, it is widely assumed both that there is a single grounding relation doing the work we require, and that this relation is systematically analogous to causation. I argue for the existence of grounding double prevention cases and I claim that these cases reveal an intractable tension between these assumptions and other plausible claims about grounding. I think that we can best resolve the tension by giving up the assumption that there is a single grounding relation.

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