Dialectica 73 (3):395-410 (2019)

Julio De Rizzo
University of Vienna
This paper is a response to McKenzie (2017). I argue that the case she presents is not a genuine counterexample to the thesis she labels Brute Fundamentalism. My response consists of two main points. First, that the support she presents for considering her case a metaphysical explanation is misguided. Second, that there are principled reasons for doubting that partial explanations in Hempel’s sense, of which her case is an instance, are genuinely explanatory in the first place. Thus McKenzie’s attack on Brute Fundamentalism fails.
Keywords Explanation  Grounding  Fundamentality
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DOI 10.1111/1746-8361.12277
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