Grounding the gaps or bumping the rug?

On explanatory gaps and metaphysical methodology

Gabriel Rabin

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    In a series of recent papers, Jonathan Schaffer (2017a,b) presents a novel framework for understanding grounding. Metaphysical laws play a central role. In addition, Schaffer argues that, contrary to what many have thought, there is no special ‘explanatory gap’ between consciousness and the physical world. Instead, explanatory gaps are everywhere. I draw out and criticize the methodology for metaphysics implicit in Schaffer’s presentation. In addition, I argue that even if we accept Schaffer’s picture, there remains a residual explanatory gap between consciousness and the physical. The residual gap does most of the same philosophical work as the original (e.g. in conceivability arguments). Schaffer has introduced a troublesome metaphysical methodology that fails to follow through on its biggest promise: To deflate the explanatory gap.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)191-203
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Consciousness Studies
    Volume26
    Issue number5-6
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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    Grounding the gaps or bumping the rug? On explanatory gaps and metaphysical methodology. / Rabin, Gabriel.

    In: Journal of Consciousness Studies, Vol. 26, No. 5-6, 01.01.2019, p. 191-203.

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