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Kathrin Koslicki

Ontological Dependence: An Opinionated Survey


ISBN: 978-3-88405-552-6

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This essay provides an opinionated survey of some recent developments in the literature on ontological dependence.  Some of the most popular definitions of ontological dependence are formulated in modal terms; others in non-modal terms (e.g., in terms of the explanatory connective, ‘because’, or in terms of a non-modal conception of essence); some (viz., the existential construals of ontological dependence) emphasise requirements that must be met in order for an entity to exist; others (viz., the essentialist construals) focus on conditions that must be satisfied in order for an entity to be the very entity it is at each time at which it exists; some are rigid, in the sense that they concern a relation between particular entities; others are generic, in the sense that they involve only a relation between an entity and some entities or other, which bear certain characteristics.  I identify three potential measures of success with respect to which these different definitions of ontological dependence can be evaluated and consider the question of how well they in fact meet these desiderata. I end by noting that certain challenges face even the most promising essentialist construals of ontological dependence.

Authors’ Biography
Kathrin Koslicki was born in Munich, Germany.  She completed her undergraduate work at SUNY Stony Brook in 1990, received her PhD from MIT in 1995, and spent the next decade or so teaching or visiting at various universities across the US.  In the Fall of 2007, she joined the University of Colorado-Boulder's Philosophy Department as an Associate Professor in the Fall of 2007.  Her interests in philosophy lie mainly in metaphysics, the philosophy of language, and Ancient Greek philosophy, particularly Aristotle. In her monograph, The Structure of Objects, which appeared with Oxford University Press in April 2008, she defends a structure-based, neo-Aristotelian theory of parts and wholes. She is currently working on a second monograph in metaphysics on ontological dependence, substancehood and fundamentality.  For more information, see Professor Koslicki's personal website: http://spot.colorado.edu/~koslicki/   



 





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