The harmony of grounding

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Baron, Sam, Miller, Kristie and Tallant, Jonathan. (2022). The harmony of grounding. Philosophical Studies. 179(11), pp. 3421-3446. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-022-01819-0
AuthorsBaron, Sam, Miller, Kristie and Tallant, Jonathan
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Mereological harmony is the idea that the mereological structure of objects mirrors the mereological structure of locations. Grounding harmony is the idea that there is a similar mirroring between the grounding structure of objects and locations. Our goal in this paper is exploratory: we introduce and then explore two notions of grounding harmony: locative and structural. We outline potential locative and structural harmony principles for grounding, and show which of these principles may entail, or be entailed by, principles of mereological harmony. We then present a case study in grounding harmony, by applying it to Schaffer’s (in Philos Rev 119(1):31, 2010a) specific version of priority monism. We show that, given a strong form of grounding harmony, Schaffer-style monism is inconsistent, but that this inconsistency can be resolved by offering bespoke notions of grounding harmony. We use Schaffer’s priority monism to demonstrate a broader tension within certain packages of metaphysical views, including versions of priority pluralism. We close by briefly considering the case against structural grounding harmony.

Keywordsgrounding; mereology; location; harmony; monism
Year2022
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Journal citation179 (11), pp. 3421-3446
PublisherSpringer
ISSN0031-8116
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-022-01819-0
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85133561812
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ARC Funded ResearchThis output has been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
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