Taking causing out of Bennett's Making Things Up

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In Making Things Up, Bennett defends the intriguing idea that causation should be included among the building (grounding) relations. I critique Bennett’s arguments for inclusion, and claim that inclusion distorts her own treatments of causation, relative fundamentality, and absolute fundamentality. Instead, I argue for treating causation and grounding as separate species of generative, explanatory difference-making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)722-744
Number of pages23
JournalInquiry (United Kingdom)
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 8 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy


  • Metaphysics
  • dependence
  • grounding


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