In Fabrice Correia & Benjamin Schnieder (eds.), Metaphysical Grounding
. Cambridge University Press. pp. 37--80 (2012
A number of philosophers have recently become receptive to the idea that, in addition to scientific or causal explanation, there may be a distinctive kind of metaphysical explanation, in which explanans and explanandum are connected, not through some sort of causal mechanism, but through some constitutive form of determination. I myself have long been sympathetic to this idea of constitutive determination or ‘ontological ground’; and it is the aim of the present paper to help put the idea on a firmer footing - to explain how it is to be understood, how it relates to other ideas, and how it might be of use in philosophy.