Setting the story straight: fictionalism about grounding

Philosophical Studies 179 (2):343-361 (2021)
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Abstract

This paper explores a middle way between realism and eliminativism about grounding. Grounding-talk is intelligible and useful, but it fails to pick out grounding relations that exist or obtain in reality. Instead, grounding-talk allows us to convey facts about what metaphysically explains what, and about the worldly dependence relations that give rise to those explanations.

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Naomi Thompson
University of Southampton

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