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The Routledge Handbook of Metaphysical Grounding

Edited By

Michael Raven

ISBN 9780815366492
Published April 15, 2020 by Routledge
548 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

Introduction Michael J. Raven

Part I: History

1. Ancient  Phil Corkum

2. Aristotelian Demonstration  Marko Malink

3. Medieval and Modern  Margaret Cameron

4. Principle of Sufficient Reason  Fatema Amijee

5. Bolzano  Stefan Roski

6. Austro-German Phenomenologists  Kevin Mulligan

Part II: Explanation and Determination

7. Dependence  Benjamin Schnieder

8. Explanation  Martin Glazier

9. Meta-ground  Jon Erling Litland

10. Necessity  Alexander Skiles

11. Skeptical Doubts  Kathrin Koslicki

12. Anti-skeptical Rejoinders  Louis deRosset

13. Varieties  Kevin Richardson

Part III: Logic and Structure

14. Logics  Francesca Poggiolesi

15. Granularity  Fabrice Correia

16. Infinite Descent  T. Scott Dixon

17. Strict Partial Order  Naomi Thompson

18. Puzzles  Stephan Krämer

Part IV: Connections

19. Analyticity  Tom Donaldson

20. Cause  Jennifer Wang

21. Emergence  Stephan Leuenberger

22. Essence  Justin Zylstra

23. Fundamentality  Ricki Bliss

24. Modality  David Mark Kovacs

25. Ontology  Noël B. Saenz

26. Realism  Olla Solomyak

27. Structure  Tuomas E. Tahko

28. Truthmaking  Kelly Trogdon

Part V: Applications

29. Identity  Erica Shumener

30. Laws of Metaphysics  Tobias Wilsch

31. Laws of Nature  Nina Emery

32. Logic  Michaela M. McSweeney

33. Mind  Alyssa Ney

34. Normativity  Stephanie Leary

35. Physicalism  Amanda Bryant

36. Semantics  Kit Fine

37. Social Entities  Asya Passinsky

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Michael J. Raven is Associate Professor of philosophy at the University of Victoria and Affiliate Associate Professor of philosophy at the University of Washington, Co-Chief Editor of Metaphysics , and a founding member of the Canadian Metaphysics Collaborative. His research focuses on metaphysics, philosophy of language and mind, and epistemology.


"Grounding is one of the central topics in contemporary metaphysics. This collection represents the cutting edge of work in this fast-developing area, and is a must have both for veterans of debates about grounding and philosophers wanting to explore how thinking about grounding interacts with their favourite philosophical problems."

--Daniel Nolan, University of Notre Dame