The Metaphysics of Identity: Is Identity Fundamental?Philosophy Compass 12 (1). 2017.Identity and distinctness facts are ones like “The Eiffel Tower is identical to the Eiffel Tower,” and “The Eiffel Tower is distinct from the Louvre.” This paper concerns one question in the metaphysics of identity: Are identity and distinctness facts metaphysically fundamental or are they nonfundamental? I provide an overview of answers to this question.
Laws of Nature, Explanation, and Semantic CircularityBritish Journal for the Philosophy of Science. 2017.Humeans and anti-Humeans agree that laws of nature should explain scientifically particular matters of fact. One objection to Humean accounts of laws contends that Humean laws cannot explain particular matters of fact because their explanations are harmfully circular. This article distinguishes between metaphysical and semantic characterizations of the circularity and argues for a new semantic version of the circularity objection. The new formulation suggests that Humean explanations are harmful…Read more
University of PittsburghDepartment of PhilosophyAssistant Professor
New York University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America