New Frontiers in Ground, Essence, and Modality: Introduction

Donnchadh O'conaill, Tuomas Tahko

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Ground, essence, and modality seem to have something to do with each other. Can we provide unified foundations for ground and essence, or should we treat each as primitives? Can modality be grounded in essence, or should essence be expressed in terms of modality? Does grounding entail necessitation? Are the notions of ground and essence univocal? This volume focuses on the links—or lack thereof—between these three notions, as well as the foundations of ground, essence, and modality more generally, bringing together work on the metaphysics, epistemology, and logic of these three notions by some of the leading figures in the field as well as emerging young scholars.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1219-1230
Number of pages12
Issue number6
Early online date17 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021

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Funding Information:
Research related to this volume and the conference preceding it were supported by Academy of Finland Grants Nos. 266256 and 274715.


  • philosophy
  • grounding
  • modality
  • essence
  • metaphysics


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