Erkenntnis:1-21 (forthcoming)

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Andrew Brenner
Hong Kong Baptist University
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Some facts ground other facts. Some fact is fundamental iff there are no other facts which partially or fully ground that fact. According to metaphysical foundationalism, every non-fundamental fact is fully grounded by some fundamental fact. In this paper I examine and defend some neglected considerations which might be made in favor of metaphysical foundationalism. Building off of work by Ross Cameron, I suggest that foundationalist theories are more unified than, and so in one important respect simpler than, non-foundationalist theories, insofar as foundationalist theories allow us to derive all non-fundamental facts from some fundamental fact. Non-foundationalist theories can enjoy a similar sort of theoretical unification only by taking on objectionable metaphysical laws.
Keywords grounding  metaphysical foundationalism  metaphysical laws  theoretical unification  theoretical simplicity
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DOI 10.1007/s10670-021-00420-x
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