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ModalityMetaphysics, Logic, and Epistemology$
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Bob Hale and Aviv Hoffmann

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199565818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565818.001.0001

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Metaphysical Dependence: Grounding and Reduction

Metaphysical Dependence: Grounding and Reduction

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(p.109) 6 Metaphysical Dependence: Grounding and Reduction
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Modality
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Gideon Rosen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565818.003.0007

This chapter lays down principles for a relation of metaphysical grounding — the ‘in virtue of’ relation — understood as a relation among facts. The discussion makes it plausible that the relation is well understood and potentially useful for philosophical purposes. The chapter then explores the connections between the grounding relation and other metaphysical notions, including real definition, essential truth, and metaphysical reduction understood as a relation among facts.

Keywords:   grounding, reduction, essence, metaphysical dependence, real definition

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