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Reality and its structure : essays in fundamentality

Author: Ricki Bliss; Graham Priest
Publisher: Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Fifteen leading philosophers explore metaphysical foundationalism, the idea that reality has an over-arching hierarchical structure ordered by relations of metaphysical dependence, where chains of entities ordered by those dependence relations terminate in something fundamental.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ricki Bliss; Graham Priest
ISBN: 9780198755630 0198755635
OCLC Number: 1019639674
Description: vi, 324 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. The hierarchy thesis --
Grounding orthodoxy and the layered conception --
Symmetric dependence --
Grounding and reflexivity --
Cosmic loops --
Metaphysical interdependence, epistemic coherentism, and holistic explanation --
Buddhist dependence --
Bicollective ground: towards a (hyper)graphic account --
Part II. The fundamentality thesis --
Indefinitely descending ground --
Inheritance arguments for fundamentality --
From nature to grounding --
Grounding in mathematical structuralism --
Fundamentality and ontological minimality --
The structure of physical reality: beyond foundationalism --
Part III. The contingency and consistency theses --
On shaky ground? Exploring the contengent fundamentality thesis --
Heidegger's Grund: (para-)foundationalism.
Responsibility: edited by Ricki Bliss and Graham Priest.

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