Should explanation be a guide to ground?

Philosophical Studies 178 (12):4083-4098 (2021)
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Abstract

Grounding and explanation are said to be intimately connected. Some even maintain that grounding just is a form of explanation. But grounding and explanation also seem importantly different—on the face of it, the former is ‘worldy’ or ‘objective’ while the latter isn’t. In this paper, we develop and respond to an argument to the effect that there is no way to fruitfully address this tension that retains orthodox views about grounding and explanation but doesn’t undermine a central piece of methodology, namely that explanation is a guide to ground.

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Alexander Skiles
Rutgers - New Brunswick
Kelly Trogdon
Virginia Tech

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