Exemplification as Explanation

Axiomathes 23.2 (2013): 401-417. [doi: 10.1007/s10516-011-9174-8].

Abstract:  In this paper I critically investigate an unorthodox attempt to metaphysically explain in virtue of what there are states of affairs. This is a suggestion according to which states of affairs exist thanks to, rather than, as is the common view, in spite of, the infinite regress their metaphysical explanation seems to engender. I argue that, no matter in which form it is defended, or in which theoretical framework it is set, this suggestion cannot provide us with the explanation we crave.

Link to published paper here. Link to preprint here.