Metaphysical Dependence: Grounding and Reduction

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationModality
Subtitle of host publicationMetaphysics, Logic, and Epistemology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191722004
ISBN (Print)9780199565818
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Essence
  • Grounding
  • Metaphysical dependence
  • Real definition
  • Reduction


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