The essence of grounding
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I develop a reduction of grounding to essence. My approach is to think about the relation between grounding and essence on the model of a certain concept of existential dependence. I extend this concept of existential dependence in a couple of ways and argue that these extensions provide a reduction of grounding to essence if we use sorted variables that range over facts and take it that for a fact to obtain is for it to exist. I then use the account to resolve various issues surrounding the concept of grounding and its connection with essence; apply the account to paradigm cases and to the impure logic of grounding; and respond to objections.
KeywordsMetaphysics Grounding Essence Reduction
Thanks to Louis deRosset, Kit Fine, Kathrin Koslicki, Donnchadh O’Conaill, Mike Raven, Riin Sirkel, Tuomas Tahko, and to two anonymous referees for helpful comments.
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