NC State University’s Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative hosted a conference on grounding and its applications in Withers Hall on September 27-28.
The term “grounding” is used in philosophy to express claims to the effect that states of one kind are dependent on but not caused by states of another kind. For example, someone might claim that biological facts are grounded in chemical facts or that the existence of complex things is grounded in the existence of simple things.
Drawn from a range of American universities, the speakers at the conference included some of the most distinguished experts on grounding. A variety of topics were covered, including the grounding of grounding, the metaphysics of quantities and an application of grounding in the theory of knowledge.
Based in the NC State Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, the Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative (LACSI) organizes a high-level conference on a select theme every two years. The September 2019 conference on grounding and its applications was the sixth LACSI conference.