Reasons Why Not

On the Positive Grounds of Negative Truths

  • Julio De Rizzo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Julio De Rizzo
    Pages 1-22
  3. Julio De Rizzo
    Pages 23-47
  4. Julio De Rizzo
    Pages 49-91
  5. Julio De Rizzo
    Pages 93-179
  6. Julio De Rizzo
    Pages 181-213
  7. Julio De Rizzo
    Pages 215-241
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 243-253

About this book


Many philosophers have shown sympathy to the thought that reality is fundamentally positive. Julio De Rizzo formulates this idea precisely by means of the notion of grounding, and examines how the resulting thesis fares with respect to three much discussed classes of negative truths, namely that of negative predications, that of negative causal reports, and that of negative existential truths. By shedding light on the issues advocates of the thesis have to deal with, this work shows the positivist account to be a tenable position in metaphysics.

  • The formulation of the positivist thesis in ground-theoretic terms
  • A definition of positivity and negativity
  • The positive grounds of negative predications
  • The positive basis of causally effective omissions
  • The positive grounds of negative existential truths
Target Groups
  • Scholars and Students in metaphysics, philosophy of logic and the philosophy of language
  • Practicioners in metaphysics, philosophy of logic and philosophy of language
The Author

Julio De Rizzo holds a PhD in theoretical philosophy from the University of Hamburg, Germany and currently teaches at the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, Brazil. He studied philosophy at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo and the University of São Paulo, Brazil. His research interests focus on analytic metaphysics and the philosophy of logic.


Grounding Metaphysical explanation Negative truths Negation Fundamentality

Authors and affiliations

  • Julio De Rizzo
    • 1
  1. 1.Philosophisches SeminarUniversität HamburgHamburgGermany

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