Causal fundamentality

Soufiane Hamri

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    Abstract

    I present an argument for causal fundamentality, understood as the thesis that the causal history of every being, whose existence has a causal explanation, includes some uncaused beings. I argue that this thesis is a consequence of an actualist account of metaphysical modality whose novelty lies in its hybrid dispositional-essentialist foundation. I argue that my modal theory is extensionally correct and minimalistic. Its range of metaphysical necessities and possibilities is just as wide as needed to capture the pre-theoretical notion of modality. Moreover, my theory is immune from the necessitism of standard essentialist accounts of modality and addresses the challenge of global possibilities facing dispositionalist modal theories thanks to its essentialist component.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages13
    JournalSynthese
    Volume200
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2022

    Keywords

    • Causation
    • Fundamentality
    • Modality
    • Essence
    • Potentiality
    • Dispositions
    • First cause

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