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Metaphysical Interdependence

Naomi Thompson

in Reality Making

Published in print February 2016 | ISBN: 9780198755722
Published online March 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191816871 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755722.003.0003

Series: Mind Association Occasional Series

Metaphysical Interdependence

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This chapter argues for a theory of metaphysical structure that (contrary to common assumption) takes grounding to be non-symmetric. It might be that every entity is grounded in some other entity; and this is so even without infinite descending chains of dependence. The chapter introduces two examples of symmetric grounding and gives three arguments for metaphysical interdependence, the view on which grounding is non-symmetric. These arguments are: (i) that metaphysical interdependence is the only theory able to reconcile competing intuitions about grounding; (ii) that it is the only theory consistent with both ‘gunk’ and ‘junk’; and (iii) that it offers a satisfactory solution to the problem concerning whether grounding is itself grounded.

Keywords: grounding; metaphysical dependence; metaphysical structure; symmetry; interdependence; gunk

Chapter.  8232 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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