Well Founding Grounding Grounding

Journal of Philosophical Logic 45 (4):349-379 (2016)
Abstract
Those who wish to claim that all facts about grounding are themselves grounded (“the meta-grounding thesis”) must defend against the charge that such a claim leads to infinite regress and violates the well-foundedness of ground. In this paper, we defend. First, we explore three distinct but related notions of “well-founded”, which are often conflated, and three corresponding notions of infinite regress. We explore the entailment relations between these notions. We conclude that the meta-grounding thesis need not lead to tension with any of the three notions of “well-founded”. Finally, we explore the details of and motivations for further conditions on ground that one might add to generate a conflict between the meta-grounding thesis and a well-founded constraint. We explore these topics by developing and utilizing a formal framework based on the notion of a grounding structure.
Keywords Ground  Metaphysical dependence  Well-founded  Infinite regress  Foundationalism  Grounding structure
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DOI 10.1007/s10992-015-9376-4
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