Erkenntnis 84 (6):1325-1340 (2019)

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Michael Bertrand
Ohio State University
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It is often thought that metaphysical grounding underwrites a distinctive sort of metaphysical explanation. However, it would be a mistake to think that all metaphysical explanations are underwritten by metaphysical grounding. In service of this claim, I offer a novel kind of metaphysical explanation called metaphysical explanation by constraint, examples of which have been neglected in the literature. I argue that metaphysical explanations by constraint are not well understood as grounding explanations.
Keywords Metaphysical explanation  Grounding  Essence  Non-causal explanation  Scientific explanation  Constraint  Nature  Constitutive Explanation  Because
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Naturalización de la Metafísica Modal.Carlos Romero - 2021 - Dissertation, National Autonomous University of Mexico

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