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Grounding Ontic Structuralism

Bianchi, Silvia and Giannotti, Joaquim (2020) Grounding Ontic Structuralism. [Preprint]

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A respectable assessment of priority-based Ontic Structuralism demands an elucidation of its metaphysical backbone. Here we focus on two theses that stand in need of clarification: (1) the Fundamentality Thesis states that structures are fundamental, and (2) the Priority Thesis states that these structures are prior to putative fundamental objects, if these exist. Candidate notions to illuminate (1) and (2) such as supervenience and ontological dependence failed at this task. Our purpose is to show that grounding is the best competitor to articulate (1) and (2), and regiment such theses in a desirable unified way. Our strategy is two-fold. First, we make the case that grounding does better than ontological dependence and supervenience. Second, we show that the distinction between partial and full grounds permits us to respond to an objection raised by Kerry McKenzie against the proposal of interpreting priority-based Ontic Structuralism in the idiom of metaphysical determination. Our conclusion is that priority ontic structuralists have compelling reasons for adopting a grounding-based approach.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Bianchi, Silvia0000-0002-1207-2875
Giannotti, Joaquim0000-0002-4058-4093
Keywords: grounding, structuralism, priority, ontic structuralism, fundamentality
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr Joaquim Giannotti
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2020 14:38
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2020 14:38
Item ID: 18513
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18513

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