Grounding orthodoxy and the layered conception

Gabriel Rabin

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    Ground offers the hope of vindicating and illuminating a classic philosophical idea: the layered conception, according to which reality is structured by relations of dependence, with physical phenomena on the bottom, and upon which chemical, then biological, and finally psychological and other phenomena reside. However, ground can only make good on this promise if it is appropriately formally behaved. The paradigm of good formal behavior can be found in the currently dominant grounding orthodoxy, which holds that ground is transitive, anti-symmetric, irreflexive, and foundational. However, heretics have recently challenged the orthodoxy. This paper examines ground’s ability to vindicate the layered conception upon various relaxations of the orthodox assumptions. It is argued that highly unorthodox views of ground can still vindicate the layered conception and that, in some ways, the heretical views enable ground to better serve as a guide to reality’s layering than do orthodox views of ground.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationReality and its Structure
    Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Fundamentality
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Pages37-49
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Electronic)9780198755630
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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    Orthodoxy
    Grounding
    Conception
    Psychological
    Heretics
    Transitive
    Physical
    Layering
    Paradigm

    Keywords

    • Grounding
    • Grounding orthodoxy
    • Hierarchy of reality
    • Layered conception
    • Special sciences

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Rabin, G. (2018). Grounding orthodoxy and the layered conception. In Reality and its Structure: Essays in Fundamentality (pp. 37-49). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198755630.003.0002

    Grounding orthodoxy and the layered conception. / Rabin, Gabriel.

    Reality and its Structure: Essays in Fundamentality. Oxford University Press, 2018. p. 37-49.

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    Rabin, G 2018, Grounding orthodoxy and the layered conception. in Reality and its Structure: Essays in Fundamentality. Oxford University Press, pp. 37-49. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198755630.003.0002
    Rabin G. Grounding orthodoxy and the layered conception. In Reality and its Structure: Essays in Fundamentality. Oxford University Press. 2018. p. 37-49 https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198755630.003.0002
    Rabin, Gabriel. / Grounding orthodoxy and the layered conception. Reality and its Structure: Essays in Fundamentality. Oxford University Press, 2018. pp. 37-49
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