[SydPhil] Tuomas E. Tahko: "Varieties of Fundamentality" Thursday 27 @ 3

Kristie Miller kristie_miller at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 21 08:28:53 AEST 2017

Our next current projects seminar on Thursday 27 April at 300 will be:

Tuomas E. Tahko: "Varieties of Fundamentality"

Metaphysical fundamentality can be defined in various ways. For instance, the fundamental may be conceived as ontologically independent, ungrounded, or as a complete minimal basis. Common at least to all the usual ways of understanding fundamentality is the idea of well-foundedness, the thought that the fundamental serves as the termination point for some dependence relation or other, often taken to be grounding. But well-foundedness itself can be understood in many different ways and the correct way to understand it may also depend on the relevant sense of fundamentality. In this paper, I will outline these different conceptions of fundamentality and compare some of their relative merits. A particular question of interest is whether some sense of fundamentality could be compatible with infinite chains of dependence. It turns out that there are at least a few different ways in which this is possible: infinite descent does not necessarily rule out metaphysical foundationalism.

As usual, papers are in the Muniment Room in the Main Quad, USyd.

All welcome

Associate Professor Kristie Miller
Senior ARC Research Fellow
Joint Director, the Centre for Time
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry and
The Centre for Time
The University of Sydney
Sydney Australia
Room S212, A 14

kmiller at usyd.edu.au
kristie_miller at yahoo.com
Ph: +612 9036 9663

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