Ideas from 'Metaphysical Dependence' by Gideon Rosen [2010], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Modality' (ed/tr Hale,B/Hoffman,A) [OUP 2010,]].

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1. Philosophy / F. Analytic Philosophy / 1. Analysis
Philosophers are often too fussy about words, dismissing perfectly useful ordinary terms
2. Reason / D. Definition / 1. Definitions
Figuring in the definition of a thing doesn't make it a part of that thing
5. Theory of Logic / K. Features of Logics / 10. Monotonicity
Explanations fail to be monotonic
7. Existence / C. Structure of Existence / 1. Grounding / a. Nature of grounding
Things could be true 'in virtue of' others as relations between truths, or between truths and items
7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 7. Facts / a. Facts
Facts are structures of worldly items, rather like sentences, individuated by their ingredients
8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 4. Intrinsic Properties
An 'intrinsic' property is one that depends on a thing and its parts, and not on its relations
10. Modality / A. Necessity / 5. Metaphysical Necessity
The excellent notion of metaphysical 'necessity' cannot be defined
10. Modality / C. Sources of Modality / 1. Sources of Necessity
Are necessary truths rooted in essences, or also in basic grounding laws?
19. Language / F. Analytic/Synthetic / 2. Analytic Propositions
'Bachelor' consists in or reduces to 'unmarried' male, but not the other way around
27. Natural Reality / B. Chemistry / 1. Chemistry
An acid is just a proton donor