Single Idea 17297

[catalogued under 7. Existence / C. Structure of Existence / 1. Grounding / a. Nature of grounding]

Full Idea

The fact that a given thing is spherical non-causally determines the fact that it has the power to roll.

Gist of Idea

A ball's being spherical non-causally determines its power to roll


Paul Audi (Clarification and Defense of Grounding [2012], 3.3)

Book Reference

'Metaphysical Grounding', ed/tr. Correia,F/Schnieder,B [CUP 2012], p.104

A Reaction

Quine won't accept this, because you have added something called a 'power' to the ball (intrinsically, it seems), over and above its observable sphericity. Does being a ball 'determine' that it can't be in two places at once? Order of explanation?