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The Routledge Handbook of Metaphysical Grounding

Edited by: Michael J. Raven

Print publication date:  April  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9780815366492
eBook ISBN: 9781351258845
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351258845
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Some of philosophy?s biggest questions, both historically and today, are in-virtue-of questions: In virtue of what is an action right or wrong? In virtue of what am I the same person my mother bore? In virtue of what is an artwork beautiful? Philosophers attempt to answer many of these types of in-virtue-of questions, but philosophers are also increasingly focusing on what an in-virtue-of question is in the first place. Many assume, at least as a working hypothesis, that in-virtue-of questions involve a distinctively metaphysical kind of determinative explanation called ?ground.? This Handbook surveys the state of the art on ground as well as its connections and applications to other topics. The central issues of ground are discussed in 37 chapters, all written exclusively for this volume by a wide range of leading experts. The chapters are organized into the following sections:

I. History

II. Explanation and Determination

III. Logic and Structure

IV. Connections

V. Applications

Introductions at the start of each section provide an overview of the section?s contents, and a list of Related Topics at the end of each chapter points readers to other germane areas throughout the volume. The resulting volume is accessible enough for advanced students and informative enough for researchers. It is essential reading for anyone hoping to get clearer on what the biggest questions of philosophy are really asking.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Ancient Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Aristotelian Demonstration Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Medieval and Early Modern Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Principle of Sufficient Reason Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Bolzano Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Austro-German Phenomenologists Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Dependence Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Explanation Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Meta-Ground Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Necessity Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Skeptical Doubts Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Anti-Skeptical Rejoinders Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Varieties Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Logics Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Granularity Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Infinite Descent Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Strict Partial Order Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Puzzles Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Analyticity Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Cause Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Emergence Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Essence Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Fundamentality Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Modality  Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Ontology Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Realism Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Structure Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Truthmaking Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Identity Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Laws of Metaphysics Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Laws of Nature Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Logic Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Mind Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Normativity Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Physicalism Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Semantics Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Social Entities Download PDF
Glossary Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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