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Metaphysical Overdetermination (Ricki Bliss)

The Logic and Metaphysics Workshop will meet on September 13th from 4:15-6:15 (NY time) via Zoom for a talk by Ricki Bliss (Lehigh University).

Title: Metaphysical Overdetermination

Abstract: It is widely recognized by proponents of the notion that grounding can be, indeed is, overdetermined.  Further to this, it seems safe to suppose that something of a consensus has emerged: grounding is overdetermined and there is nothing about it, either conceptually or metaphysically, that we ought to find concerning.  But from a small sampling of alleged cases no such conclusions can responsibly be drawn.  This paper aims to demonstrate that there is nothing obvious or straightforward about grounding overdetermination and that the topic is deserving of much more serious philosophical attention.

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