Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Fundamentality, Grounding, Metametaphysics
Arts and Humanities
Ground is a distinctively metaphysical notion of explanation. Often expressed with the phrase `in virtue of', ground has recently found some popularity among metaphysicians. In this dissertation I argue that the notion is well understood and useful, but not primitive. I argue that we should analyze ground partly in terms of relative fundamentality. This analyzed notion of ground can not only do the work that a primitive notion can, but it is better equipped to respond to a number of objections and challenges that the notion faces. The dissertation ends by demonstrating this is the case and responding to objections.
Barber, Mark Graeme, "Ground and Relative Fundamentality" (2014). Dissertations - ALL. 46.