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Emergence and the Characterization of the Fundamental
December 1, 2017
Dr. Jessica Wilson (U Toronto)
Other things being equal, a characterization of what it is to be fundamental should accommodate the in-principle possibility of strong, metaphysical emergence. In this talk, I’ll argue that such accommodation pushes against independence-based characterizations of the fundamental, according to which what it is to be fundamental is to be un-grounded or un-built, and pushes toward a characterization according to which what it is to be fundamental is itself basic or primitive