Laws for Metaphysical Explanation
Schaffer (Jonathan)
Source: Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements, Volume 82 (Metaphysics) - July 2018, pp. 1-22
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Author’s Abstract

  1. I argue that, just like causal explanation requires laws of nature, so metaphysical explanation requires laws of metaphysics.
  2. I offer a minimal rendition of the argument for laws of metaphysics, assuming nothing about grounding or essences, and little about explanation.
  3. And I offer a positive and minimal functional conception of the laws of metaphysics, coupled with an argument that some laws of metaphysics are fundamental.

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