Theodore Sider

in Writing the Book of the World

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199697908
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732096 | DOI:

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The theory of structure is a theory of fundamentality, and includes several distinctive theses. Completeness: everything holds in virtue of the fundamental facts. (Many would understand “in virtue of” here in terms of a metaphysical notion of ground; but it is better to understand it linguistically; thus, completeness is the claim that every language has a “metaphysical semantics”.) Purity: no fundamental fact involves any nonfundamental notions. Subpropositional: the core sort of fundamentality applies to proposition‐parts rather than entire propositions. Absoluteness: the core sort of fundamentality is all‐or‐nothing. Determinacy: the core sort of fundamentality is determinate. Fundamental: the core sort of fundamentality is itself perfectly fundamental.

Keywords: purity; completeness; ground; metaphysical semantics; subpropositional; absolute; comparative; determinate

Chapter.  18101 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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