A grounding solution to the grounding problem

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The statue and the lump of clay that constitutes it fail to share all of their kind and modal properties. Therefore, by Leibniz’s Law, the statue is not the lump. Question: What grounds the kind and modal differences between the statue and the lump? In virtue of what is it that the lump of clay, but not the statue, can survive being smashed? This is the grounding problem. Now a number of solutions to the grounding problem require that we substantially revise our view of reality. In this paper, I provide a solution to this problem that does not require such a revision. I then show how my solution to the grounding problem can solve a related problem and answer a related question. The upshot is that the solution I offer is not only non-revisionary, but also fruitful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2193-2214
Number of pages22
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015


  • Coincidence
  • Facts
  • Grounding
  • Kind
  • Modal
  • Parts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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