Philosophy Guest Speaker: John Grey

Philosophy Guest Speaker: John Grey

October 28, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
530 South Kedzie Hall
368 Farm Ln
East Lansing, MI 48823
Philosophy Guest Speaker: John Grey @ 530 South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

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.

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