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Mark Jago

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198755722

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755722.001.0001

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Laws and the Completeness of the Fundamental

Laws and the Completeness of the Fundamental

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(p.11) 1 Laws and the Completeness of the Fundamental
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Reality Making
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Martin Glazier

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755722.003.0002

Any explanation of one fact in terms of another will appeal to some sort of connection between the two. In a causal explanation, the connection might be a causal mechanism or law. But not all explanations are causal, and neither are all explanatory connections. For example, in explaining the fact that a given barn is red in terms of the fact that it is crimson, we might appeal to a non causal connection between things being crimson and their being red. Many such connections, like this one, are general rather than particular. These general non causal explanatory connections could be called laws of metaphysics. This chapter argues that some of these laws are to be found in the world at its most fundamental level, forming a bridge between fundamental reality and everything else. The chapter suggests that only by admitting fundamental laws can justice be done to the explanatory relationship between what is fundamental and what is not. And once these laws are admitted, a nice resolution can be found to the puzzle of why there are any non-fundamental facts in the first place.

Keywords:   laws, completeness, fundamentality, ground, explanation

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