Ratio 33 (3):129-137 (2020)

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Ylwa Sjölin Wirling
University of Gothenburg
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Separatists are grounding theorists who hold that grounding relations and metaphysical explanations are distinct, yet intimately connected in the sense that grounding relations back metaphysical explanations, just as causal relations back causal explanations. But Separatists have not elaborated on the nature of the ‘backing’ relation. In this paper, I argue that backing is a form of (partial) grounding. In particular, backing has many of the properties commonly attributed to grounding, and taking backing to be partial grounding allows Separatists to make the most of their position vis‐à‐vis their Unionist opponents.
Keywords causation  explanation  explanatory realism  grounding  metaphysical explanation
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DOI 10.1111/rati.12279
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