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The notion of fundamentality, as it is used in metaphysics, aims to capture the idea that there is something basic or primitive in the world. This metaphysical notion is related to the vernacular use of “fundamental”, but philosophers have also put forward various technical definitions of the notion. Among the most influential of these is the definition of absolute fundamentality in terms of ontological independence or ungroundedness. Accordingly, the notion of fundamentality is often associated with these two other technical notions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
EditorsEdward N. Zalta
PublisherThe Metaphysics Research Lab, Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Metaphysics
  • Fundamentality
  • Grounding
  • Ontological Dependence


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