Arbitrary Grounding

Werner, Jonas (2021). Arbitrary Grounding. Philosophical Studies Springer 10.1007/s11098-021-01699-w

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The aim of this paper is to introduce, elucidate and defend the usefulness of a variant of grounding, or metaphysical explanation, that has the feature that the grounds explain of some states of affairs that one of them obtains without explaining which one obtains. I will dub this variant arbitrary grounding. After informally elucidating the basic idea in the first section, I will provide three metaphysical hypotheses that are best formulated in terms of arbitrary grounding in the second section. The third section will be concerned with the relation between arbitrary grounding and non-arbitrary grounding. The fourth section will compare arbitrary grounding to two extant proposals in the literature.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy > Theoretical Philosophy

UniBE Contributor:

Werner, Jonas

Subjects:

100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 110 Metaphysics

ISSN:

1573-0883

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jonas Werner

Date Deposited:

27 Jul 2021 10:33

Last Modified:

27 Jul 2021 10:41

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11098-021-01699-w

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/157731

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/157731

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