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Writing the Book of the World$
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Theodore Sider

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199697908

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697908.001.0001

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(p.142) 8 Rivals
Writing the Book of the World

Theodore Sider

Oxford University Press

One rival account of fundamentality is based on Kit Fine’s notions of ground and reality. But ground violates purity (if it is taken to be fundamental); and the reality‐based account is holistic in an unexplanatory way. Another rival account is based on truthmaking. But truthmaking is an unsatisfactory foundation for a theory of fundamentality since objects are truthmakers and objects are too coarse‐grained a foundation for metaphysical explanation. A final rival is based on Jonathan Schaffer’s notion of entity‐grounding. But again, entities are too coarse‐grained a foundation for metaphysical explanation. Friends of grounding and truthmaking can introduce distinctive entities ‐ states of affairs ‐ that are fine‐grained enough to explain, but at the cost of positing further fundamental facts.

Keywords:   ground, reality, truthmaking, Fine, Schaffer, purity

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