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Lutz, Anika

Good In Virtue Of

A Metaethical Application of Grounding

ISBN: 978-3-88405-730-8

Price: €98.00 (including 19 % tax)


Title appears on May 25, 2016
 
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This volume brings together a group of essays that explore early modern theories of composite substances and their relevance to early modern views on the nature of plants and animals (both human and non-human). The metaphysics of composite substances was a unifying topic at the heart of quite diverse issues in early modern ontologies of living beings. For instance, it was applied in explanations of both the complexity and the unity of a living being, in conceptions of the structure of plant and animal seeds, in considerations concerning the nature and mutability of biological species, in exploring the physiological function of imagination in biological reproduction, in characterising the beings and processes responsible for diseases, and in understanding the relation between living beings and divine causation. While pre-modern in inspiration, the metaphysics of composite substances played an intriguing and still not well-enough understood role in the formation of modern philosophy.  Thus, the present volume focuses on thinkers who are paradigmatic as transitional figures-figures who serve to understand the complex process by means of which non-mechanistic medieval conceptions of the structure of living beings were superseded in the second half of the seventeenth century by mechanistic conceptions of the structure of living beings. 
 
Table of contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The in-virtue-of intuition 9
3 Supervenience and the explanatory challenge 61 

Excursus: What are evaluative properties? 93
4 Applying the grounding framework
 
Grounding as the desired in-virtue-of relation 135
5 Grounding at work

The explanatory challenge revisited 207
6 Conclusion 271

Bibliography 279 

Table of illustrations
Illustration 2.1.: Normative and non-normative properties 25
Illustration 2.2.: Strong and weak metaphysical naturalism 32
Illustration 2.3.: Metaethical atomism and holism 56
 



 


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