Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Arts and Humanities
Spreading Structures defends and develops structuralism, a currently underappreciated framework in metaphysics. Structuralism treats entities like intersections of spider webs: an entity doesn’t exist in itself, and its existence depends on how it relates to other entities. While integrating insights from the philosophy of science and Buddhist philosophy, this dissertation challenges familiar positions and concepts in analytic metaphysics, including foundationalism, Humeanism, dependence, and grounding.
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Kang, Li, "Spreading Structures" (2017). Dissertations - ALL. 780.