Metaphysics Beyond Grounding (Daniel Nolan)

The Logic and Metaphysics Workshop will meet on April 16th from 4:15-6:15 in room 3309 of the CUNY Graduate Center for a talk by Daniel Nolan (Notre Dame).

Title: Metaphysics Beyond Grounding

Abstract: Thinking about metaphysical problems in terms of grounding has its uses, but those uses are limited. I am not a sceptic either about grounding or our ability to make progress on some metaphysical puzzles by invoking it, but I will argue it only has a partial role to play in our metaphysical theories. I will discuss how grounding relates to necessity, to explanation and to parsimony in theory choice. Finally, I will discuss the connection between grounding and the proper aim, or rather aims, of metaphysics.

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