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Single Idea 17278

[catalogued under 7. Existence / C. Structure of Existence / 1. Grounding / d. Grounding and reduction]

Full Idea

It is only by embracing the concept of a ground as a metaphysical form of explanation in its own right that one can adequately explain how a reduction of the reality of one thing to another should be understood.

Gist of Idea

We can only explain how a reduction is possible if we accept the concept of ground


Kit Fine (Guide to Ground [2012], 1.02)

Book Reference

'Metaphysical Grounding', ed/tr. Correia,F/Schnieder,B [CUP 2012], p.41

A Reaction

I love that we are aiming to say 'how' a reduction should be understood, and not just 'that' it exists. I'm not sure about Fine's emphasis on explaining 'realities', when I think we are after more like structural relations or interconnected facts.