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Volume 14, Issue 1, January 2013
Grounding Relation(s)

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Paul Hovda, Troy Cross Grounding Relation(s): Introduction
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Louis deRosset What is Weak Ground?
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Kit Fine, in "The Pure Logic of Ground", has made a seminal attempt at formalizing the notion of ground. Fine ties the formal treatment of grounding to the notion of a weak ground. Formalization of this sort is supposed to bring clarity and precision to our theorizing. Unfortunately, as I will argue, it's not clear what weak ground is. I review five alternative explanations of the idea, and argue that none of them are ultimately satisfactory. I close by outlining a more complicated explanation of the notion that turns out to be more satisfactory.
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Jon Erling Litland On Some Counterexamples to the Transitivity of Grounding
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I discuss three recent counterexamples to the transitivity of grounding due to Jonathan Schaffer. I argue that the counterexamples don’t work and draw some conclusions about the relationship between grounding and explanation.
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Avram Hiller Object-Dependence
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There has been much work on ontological dependence in recent literature. However, relatively little of it has been dedicated to the ways in which individual physical objects may depend on other distinct, nonoverlapping objects. This paper gives several examples of such object-dependence and distinguishes between different types of it. The paper also introduces and refines the notion of an n-tet. N-tets (typically) occur when there are object-dependence relations between n objects. I claim that the identity (or, rather, what I call the ndentity) conditions for n-tets are not grounded in the individual identity conditions of each of the n objects, but instead are metaphysically basic. The paper then briefly discusses some ramifications of accepting object-dependence (and n-tets) on the philosophy of biology, ethics, and logic.
book reviews
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Donald Abel Review of Human Nature, ed. Constantine Sandis and M.J. Cain
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Taylor Worley Review of “On What Cannot Be Said: Apophatic Discourses in Philosophy, Religion, Literature, and the Arts. Volumes 1 and 2.”, ed. William Franke
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Peter H. Denton Review of Science in a Democratic Society, by Philip Kitcher
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Hoyt Edge Review of Unmodern Philosophy and Modern Philosophy, by John Dewey
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Steven Ross Review of Democracy and Moral Conflict, by Robert B. Talisse
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William Simkulet Review of Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will, by David Hodgson
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Dana S. Belu Review of The Cosmetic Gaze: Body Modification and the Construction of Beauty, by Bernadette Wegenstein
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Jeff Johnson Review of When Words are Called For, by Avner Baz
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Russell DiSilvestro Review of Dignity: Its History and Meaning, by Michael Rosen
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Solomon Davis Review of Paul Ricoeur’s Pedagogy of Pardon: A Narrative Theory of Memory and Forgetting, Maria Duffy
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Maximiliano E. Korstanje Review of Althusser el Infinito Adios, by Emilio De Ipola
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Maximiliano E. Korstanje Review of Social Theory of Fear: Terror, Torture, and Death in a Post-Capitalist World, by Geoffrey R. Skoll
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Nikolay Milkov Review of Inference and the Metaphysics of Reason: An Onto- Epistemological Critique, by Phillip Stambovsky
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