Noël Blas Saenz

Department of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

I work in metaphysics. The bulk of my present work is in grounding (and to a lesser extent, mereology and truthmaking) and seeks to show two things. The first is that grounding is useful. I have used it in order to overcome the grounding problem for coincident entities, give an analysis of material constitution, and make clear what truthmaking is. The second is that grounding is pricey. There are various principles of grounding that have it that specific kinds of entities do not exist and that in order to get certain derivative entities, we need to expand our fundamental base more than is typically thought. The upshot is clear: contrary to what much of the literature on grounding seems to say, we should not be so permissive when it comes to what derivative entities exist.

Other interests of mine include the philosophy of religion, metaethics, and the philosophy of mind.

Curriculum Vitae.

Work in Progress

The Disciplining of Grounding


Sums and Grounding - Australasian Journal of Philosophy

A Grounding Solution to the Grounding Problem - Philosophical Studies

Against Divine Truthmaker Simplicity - Faith and Philosophy

The World and Truth about What is Not - The Philosophical Quarterly

Classes Taught

Intro to Philosophy Intro to Logic Intermediate Logic Biomedical Ethics Philosophy and Society Value Theory Philosophy of Mind Metaphysics Grounding Seminar^

^ = graduate class