Metaphysical Explanation by Constraint

Metaphysical Explanation by Constraint Erkenn https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-018-0009-5 ORI G INAL RESEARCH Michael Bertrand Received: 7 June 2017 / Accepted: 30 April 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract It is often thought that metaphysical grounding underwrites a distinctive sort of metaphysical explanation. However, it would be a mistake to think that all metaphysical explanations are underwritten by metaphysical grounding. In service of this claim, I offer a novel kind of metaphysical explanation called metaphysical explanation by constraint, examples of which have been neglected in the literature. I argue that metaphysical explanations by constraint are not well understood as grounding explanations. 1 Introduction As the sixth richest person in the world, Mark Zuckerberg is incredibly wealthy (Dolan and Kroll 2016). Yet, without doubting this, we might wonder why Zuckerberg is wealthy. Answering this question involves explaining Zuckerberg’s wealth and there are a several kinds of explanation available to us. One familiar kind is causal. These get their power by providing information about the causal histories of their targets, particularly the causal processes that produced them and events that bear on their occurrence. A causal explanation for Zuckerberg’s wealth might include the fact that he founded Facebook and retains a controlling interest. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Erkenntnis Springer Journals

Metaphysical Explanation by Constraint

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Springer Netherlands
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Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature
Subject
Philosophy; Philosophy, general; Epistemology; Ontology; Ethics; Logic
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0165-0106
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1572-8420
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10.1007/s10670-018-0009-5
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Erkenn https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-018-0009-5 ORI G INAL RESEARCH Michael Bertrand Received: 7 June 2017 / Accepted: 30 April 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract It is often thought that metaphysical grounding underwrites a distinctive sort of metaphysical explanation. However, it would be a mistake to think that all metaphysical explanations are underwritten by metaphysical grounding. In service of this claim, I offer a novel kind of metaphysical explanation called metaphysical explanation by constraint, examples of which have been neglected in the literature. I argue that metaphysical explanations by constraint are not well understood as grounding explanations. 1 Introduction As the sixth richest person in the world, Mark Zuckerberg is incredibly wealthy (Dolan and Kroll 2016). Yet, without doubting this, we might wonder why Zuckerberg is wealthy. Answering this question involves explaining Zuckerberg’s wealth and there are a several kinds of explanation available to us. One familiar kind is causal. These get their power by providing information about the causal histories of their targets, particularly the causal processes that produced them and events that bear on their occurrence. A causal explanation for Zuckerberg’s wealth might include the fact that he founded Facebook and retains a controlling interest.

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Published: Jun 6, 2018

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