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Identity criteria: an epistemic path to conceptual grounding
Synthese 197 (7):31513169 (2020)
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A popular stance amongst philosophers is one according to which, in Lewis’ words, “identity is utterly simple and unproblematic”. Building from Lewis’ famous passage on the matter, we reconstruct, and then criticize, an argument to the conclusion that identities cannot be grounded. With the help of relatively uncontroversial assumption concerning identity facts, we show that not all identities are equifundamental, and, on the contrary, some appear to be provided potential grounding bases using twolevel identity criteria. Further potential grounding bases for (...) 

In this paper we introduce some logical and philosophical refinements to OntoClean, first by developing some formal constraints on identity criteria, secondly by specifying a kind of identity criteria, two level identity criteria, whose role is to explain an identity among some entities referring to some other, more basic, entities. Using such refinement we add a formal constraint to the stock of OntoClean metaconstraints (OC+). We, then, observe that two level identity criteria have an intuitive reading in terms of dependence (...) 



Hume’s Principle states that the cardinal number of the concept F is identical with the cardinal number of G if and only if F and G can be put into onetoone correspondence. The SchwartzkopffRosen Principle is a modification of HP in terms of metaphysical grounding: it states that if the number of F is identical with the number of G, then this identity is grounded by the fact that F and G can be paired onetoone, 353–373, 2011, 362). HP is (...) 

This paper studies the notions of conceptual grounding and conceptual explanation, with an aim of clarifying the links between them. On the one hand, it analyses complex examples of these two notions that bring to the fore features that are easily overlooked otherwise. On the other hand, it provides a formal framework for modeling both conceptual grounding and conceptual explanation, based on the concept of proof. Inspiration and analogies are drawn with the recent research in metaphysics on the pair metaphysical (...) 