What makes up reality, and how? What kinds of entity are fundamental to reality, and how do dependent entities depend on the fundamental ones? How does one entity metaphysically ground another? These questions are central to contemporary metaphysics. The papers in this collection, written by a new generation of metaphysicians, address these and related questions. They investigate the metaphysical concepts of grounding and fundamentality, and the relationship between
the fundamental and all the other parts of reality. Together, these papers represent the cutting-edge of a central topic in contemporary metaphysics.
Mark Jago is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. Before that, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He writes on metaphysics, logic, epistemology, and philosophy of language.
Introduction ; 1. Laws and the Completeness of the Fundamental ; 2. Metaphysical Interdependence ; 3. Monism and Gunk ; 4. What Are Dispositional Properties? ; 5. Essence and the Grounding Problem ; 6. Object as a determinable ; 7. Rethinking Origin Essentialism (for artefacts) ; 8. How (not) to be a modalist about essence