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Brute Facts

Elly Vintiadis and Constantinos Mekios


This is a book about facts that don’t have explanations, or what philosophers call brute facts. Such facts appear in our explanations, they inform many people’s views about the structure of the world, and are part of philosophical views in metaphysics and the philosophy of science. Yet, despite the very large literature on explanation, the question of bruteness has been left largely unexamined. The chapters in this collection aim to address this gap in the literature by exploring questions related to brute facts such as the following: How can we draw a distinction between facts that can reason ... More

Keywords: bruteness, explanation, emergence, physicalism, reduction, modal facts, consciousness, naturalism, fundamentality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198758600
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198758600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elly Vintiadis, editor
Lecturer in Philosophy, American College of Greece

Constantinos Mekios, editor
Associate Professor, Philosophy Department, Stonehill College