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Rivals

Theodore Sider

in Writing the Book of the World

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199697908
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732096 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697908.003.0008
Rivals

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One rival account of fundamentality is based on Kit Fine’s notions of ground and reality. But ground violates purity (if it is taken to be fundamental); and the reality‐based account is holistic in an unexplanatory way. Another rival account is based on truthmaking. But truthmaking is an unsatisfactory foundation for a theory of fundamentality since objects are truthmakers and objects are too coarse‐grained a foundation for metaphysical explanation. A final rival is based on Jonathan Schaffer’s notion of entity‐grounding. But again, entities are too coarse‐grained a foundation for metaphysical explanation. Friends of grounding and truthmaking can introduce distinctive entities ‐ states of affairs ‐ that are fine‐grained enough to explain, but at the cost of positing further fundamental facts.

Keywords: ground; reality; truthmaking; Fine; Schaffer; purity

Chapter.  12017 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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