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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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Rivals

Rivals

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697908.003.0008

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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