Kelly Trogdon, Virginia Tech

Lectures & Discussions
Dr. Kelly Trogdon, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Virginia Tech
Date 
Monday, February 29, 2016
Time 
Room Information
Samson Talbot Hall, 210

“Wherefore Fundamentality?”

It’s a familiar idea that there must be an ultimate foundation for being or existence and that non-fundamental entities are “grounded” or “depend upon” other entities. Call the thesis that, necessarily, any non-fundamental entity is fully grounded by fundamental entities, metaphysical foundationalism. But why think that metaphysical foundationalism is true? Taking a page from Leibniz, Jonathan Schaffer has recently argued that, by appeal to the notion of reality inheritance, we can successfully argue for metaphysical foundationalism. This talk will argue that Schaffer's novel strategy for defending metaphysical foundationalism is unsuccessful, but that a similar argument is more promising for demonstrating that there must be a fundamental level to reality.

Kelly Trogdon is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Virginia Tech. His main philosophical interests lie in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind.

Posted Date 
Monday, February 15, 2016

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