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Reality and its structure : essays in fundamentality

Author: Ricki Bliss; Graham Priest
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018.
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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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Reality and its structure. Essays in fundamentality.
Corby : Oxford University Press 2018
(OCoLC)1019639674
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ricki Bliss; Graham Priest
ISBN: 9780191072246 0191072249 9780191816772 0191816779
OCLC Number: 1035556529
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Contents: Cover; Reality and its Structure: Essays in Fundamentality; Copyright; Contents; List of Contributors; 0: The Geography of Fundamentality: An Overview; 1 The Lie of the Land; 2 Taxonomy; 3 On the Metaphysical Possibility of the Alternatives; 3.1 The Hierarchy Thesis; 3.1.1 Anti-reflexivity; 3.1.2 Anti-symmetry; 3.1.3 Transitivity; 3.2 The Fundamentality Thesis; 3.2.1 Regress arguments; 3.2.2 Arguments from theoretical virtue; 3.3 The Contingency and Consistency Theses; 4 Taking the Alternatives Seriously; References; PART I: The Hierarchy Thesis 1: Grounding Orthodoxy and the Layered Conception1 Introduction; 2 Ground as the Generator of Layers; 3 Foundationalism and the Layered Conception; 4 Anti-Symmetry and the Layered Conception; 5 Irreflexivity and the Layered Conception; 6 Intransitivity and the Layered Conception; 7 Conclusion; References; 2: Symmetric Dependence; 1 Background: Ontological Dependence; 1.1 Paradigm cases; 1.2 Hyperintensionality; 1.3 Unification; 2 TheOrthodoxy; 3 The Case for Non-Symmetry; 3.1 Immanent universals and essentialism; 3.2 Armstrongian states of affairs; 3.3 Tropes and the problem of 'bare mass' 3.4 Mathematical ontology3.5 Events; 3.6 Summing up; 4 Objections; 4.1 These cases are all impossible; 4.2 These cases aren't symmetric dependence, they're joint dependence; 4.3 These cases only arise because you failed to distinguishdifferent kinds of dependence; 5 Morals of the Story; 5.1 Holistic explanation; 5.2 Dependence and grounding relations; References; 3: Grounding and Reflexivity; 1 Grounding and Circularity; 2 Why Circles of Ground Matter; 3 TheProblems; 3.1 Metaphysical worries; 3.2 Explanatory worries; 4 ConcludingRemarks; References; 4: Cosmic Loops; 1 Introduction 2 Examples of Cosmic Loops2.1 The Rucker Loop; 2.2 The last shall be first; 2.3 The One and the cosmos: emanating and constituting; 3 Cosmic Loops and Principles of Ground; 4 Recovering "Local" Irreflexivity, Symmetry, and Transitivity in Cosmic Loops; 5 Conclusion; References; 5: Metaphysical Interdependence, Epistemic Coherentism, and Holistic Explanation; 1 Introduction; 2 Grounding; 3 Foundationalism and Interdependence; 4 EpistemicCoherentism; 5 Explanation and Ground; 6 Explanatory Considerations; 6.1 Foundationalism; 6.2 Interdependence; 7 Holistic Explanation; 8 ConcludingRemarks
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