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Exemplification as Explanation

Journal article
Authors Anna-Sofia Maurin
Published in Axiomathes
Volume 23
Issue 2
Pages 401-417
ISSN 1122-1151
Publication year 2013
Published at
Pages 401-417
Language en
Keywords Exemplification, Explanation, Regress, Gaskin, Ontology, Metaphysics
Subject categories Theoretical philosophy


In this paper I critically investigate an unorthodox attempt to metaphysically explain in virtue of what there are states of affairs. This is a suggestion according to which states of affairs exist thanks to, rather than, as is the common view, in spite of, the infinite regress their metaphysical explanation seems to engender. I argue that, no matter in which form it is defended, or in which theoretical framework it is set, this suggestion cannot provide us with the explanation we crave.

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