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Professor John Grey, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University
Reduction without grounding: Explanatory considerations against the grounding-reduction link
One reason that philosophers have been interested in the metaphysics of grounding is the purported relationship between grounding and reduction. In this vein, Gideon Rosen has argued for the following grounding-‐reduction link: If p reduces to q, then the fact that q grounds the fact that p. Here I object to the grounding-‐reduction link by arguing that in some reductive analyses, the reductive base is not properly understood as an explanation of the reduced phenomenon. Since grounding is an explanatory relation, in such cases we have reduction without grounding.