Metaphilosophy 45 (2):245-256 (2014)

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Ricki Bliss
Lehigh University
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Metaphysicians of a certain stripe are almost unanimously of the view that grounding is necessarily irreflexive, asymmetric, transitive, and well-founded. They deny the possibility of circles of ground and, therewith, the possibility of species of metaphysical coherentism. But what's so bad about circles of ground? One problem for coherentism might be that it ushers in anti-foundationalism: grounding loops give rise to infinite regresses. And this is bad because infinite grounding regresses are vicious. This article argues that circles of ground do not necessarily give rise to infinite regresses, and where they do, those regresses are not necessarily vicious
Keywords vicious infinite regresses  metaphysical coherentism  metaphysical foundationalism  metaphysical explanation  grounding
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