Philosophical Perspectives 30 (1):21-38 (2016)

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Sara Bernstein
University of Notre Dame
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Proponents of grounding often describe the notion as "metaphysical causation" involving determination and production relations similar to causation. This paper argues that the similarities between grounding and causation are merely superficial. I show that there are several sorts of causation that have no analogue in grounding; that the type of "bringing into existence" that both involve is extremely different; and that the synchronicity of ground and the diachronicity of causation make them too different to be explanatorily intertwined.
Keywords Grounding  Causation  Fundamentality  Methodology in metaphysics
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DOI 10.1111/phpe.12074
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