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The Epistemology of Grounding

Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 3:40 pm – 5:20 pm

This colloquium talk is planned as an in-person event. Registration is only required for non-CEU members. 



Grounding is an attractive way to understand reality’s structure. In recent years, much work has been done on the features of grounding, the nature of grounding, and even on defending the coherence and usefulness of grounding. In comparison, work in the epistemology of grounding is currently lacking. 

The epistemology of grounding is concerned with the knowledge of grounding claims: claims of the form “[P] grounds [Q]." In this talk, I will first explain why developing an epistemology of grounding is highly important and very difficult. Then, I will survey some of the current proposals in the epistemology of grounding. Lastly, I will introduce a novel principle that explains why we believe some grounding claims and can help us evaluate grounding claims.


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