Against Existential Grounding

Against Existential Grounding Existential grounding is the thesis that all existential generalizations are grounded in their particular instances. This paper argues that existential grounding is false. This is because it is inconsistent with two plausible claims about existence: (1) the claim that singular existence facts are generalizations and (2) the claim that no object can be involved in a fact that grounds that same object's existence. Not only are these claims intuitively plausible, but there are also strong arguments in favour of each of them. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Thought: A Journal of Philosophy Wiley

Against Existential Grounding

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© 2018 The Thought Trust and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
ISSN
2161-2234
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2161-2234
D.O.I.
10.1002/tht3.263
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Abstract

Existential grounding is the thesis that all existential generalizations are grounded in their particular instances. This paper argues that existential grounding is false. This is because it is inconsistent with two plausible claims about existence: (1) the claim that singular existence facts are generalizations and (2) the claim that no object can be involved in a fact that grounds that same object's existence. Not only are these claims intuitively plausible, but there are also strong arguments in favour of each of them.

Journal

Thought: A Journal of PhilosophyWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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