Truth, Grounding & Dependence

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The subjects of this thesis are (as indicated by the title) truth, grounding and dependence. The thesis consists of an introduction and five free-standing essays. The purpose of the introduction is not merely to summarize the papers, but to provide a general background to the discussions in the essays. The introduction is divided into four chapters, each of which splits into a number of sections and/or subsections. Chapter 1. concerns the notion of ontological dependence. I start by making a distinction between two different types of ontological dependence and discuss how well these notions deal with a number of philosophical issues. I then go on to consider the role that ontological dependence plays in hierarchies of natural kinds. In Chapter 2., I discuss a related notion, namely that of grounding. I sketch the theoretical framework by specifying the logical form of grounding statements and a set of structural principles that govern grounding. The chapter ends with a brief discussion on some philosophical applications of grounding. Chapter 3. deals with the notion of truthmaking and how it squares with the grounding framework developed in the previous chapter. I present the reader with the so-called Truthmaker Principle, and provide answers to a number of questions that it raises. The fourth and final chapter summarizes the five papers.

The six essays are divided into three categories. Paper I deals with the notion of ontological dependence in hierarchies of natural kinds. Paper II concerns the notion of grounding and resemblance orderings among powers. Papers III, IV and V discuss various aspects of truthmaker theory.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Philosophy


  • Truthmaking, Grounding, Ontological dependence, Propositions, Necessitarianism, Natural kinds.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
Award date2015 May 28
  • Lund University
Print ISBNs978-91-87833-31-1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2015-05-28 Time: 10:00 Place: Sal B237, LUX, Helgonavägen 3, Lund External reviewer(s) Name: Beebee, Helen Title: Professor Affiliation: University of Manchester, England ---

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