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International Journal for Ontology and Metaphysics

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Constitutionalism, Cheap Indeterminism and the Grounding Problem

Marta Campdelacreu
Published Online: 2017-12-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2018-0001


Thomas Sattig has argued recently that constitutionalism renders determinism about the actual world false, just in virtue of ordinary facts about ordinary middle-sized material objects. However, it seems that, if determinism about the actual world is false, this should be so for reasons of physics rather than in virtue of ordinary facts about ordinary objects. This is the problem of cheap indeterminism. Sattig also claims, however, that constitutionalists can solve this problem if they abandon an attractive and promising solution to the classical grounding problem affecting their view. In this paper I argue that, against his claims, constitutionalists can solve the problem of cheap indeterminism and the grounding problem simultaneously.

Keywords: Thomas Sattig; ordinary material objects; constitutionalism; determinism; the problem of cheap indeterminism; the grounding problem


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Published Online: 2017-12-15

Published in Print: 2018-03-26

Citation Information: Metaphysica, Volume 19, Issue 1, Pages 19–37, ISSN (Online) 1874-6373, ISSN (Print) 1437-2053, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2018-0001.

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