Single Idea 15059

[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / j. Explanations by reduction]

Full Idea

The main sources of evidence for judgments of ground are intuitive and explanatory. The relationship of ground is a form of explanation, ..explaining what makes a proposition true, which needs simplicity, breadth, coherence, non-circularity and strength.

Gist of Idea

Grounding is an explanation of truth, and needs all the virtues of good explanations


Kit Fine (The Question of Realism [2001], 7)

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophers' Imprint' [-], p.22

A Reaction

My thought is that not only must grounding explain, and therefore be a good explanation, but that the needs of explanation drive our decisions about what are the grounds. It is a bit indeterminate which is tail and which is dog.