Philosophy Speaker Series: Karen Bennett

Date: 
03/02/2012 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Student Center Room 228

WHAT: "By Our Bootstraps" WHO: Karen Bennett, Cornell University WHERE: Student Center Room 228 WHEN: Friday, March 2nd - 4:00p.m. 

Abstract:  Recently much has been made of the grounding relation, and of the idea that it is intimately tied to fundamentality. If A grounds B, then A is more fundamental than B (though not vice versa), and A is ungrounded if and only if it is fundamental full stop--absolutely fundamental. But here is a puzzle: is grounding itself absolutely fundamental? There are seemingly compelling reasons both to think that it must be, and to think that it cannot be. We face a dilemma, and a bad one. I distinguish two different regresses that appear to arise from the claim that grounding is itself grounded, and argue that both are merely apparent.

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