Analytic Philosophy 59 (3):359-390 (2018)

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Alex Moran
Oxford University
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Are grounding claims fully general in character? If an object a is F in virtue of being G, does it follow that anything that’s G is F for that reason? According to the thesis of Weak Formality, the answer here is ‘yes’. In this paper, however, I argue that there is philosophical utility in rejecting this thesis. More exactly, I argue that two currently unresolved problems in contemporary metaphysics can be dealt with if we hold that there can be cases of ‘kind-dependent grounding’, the key thought being that once we allow for such cases, we must also accept that Weak Formality is false.
Keywords Metaphysics  Grounding  Coinciding Objects  Thinking Parts  Kind-Dependent Grounding
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DOI 10.1111/phib.12134
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