Comments on Brian Epstein's The Ant Trap

Katherine Hawley

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The Ant Trap is a terrific book, which opens up new opportunities to use philosophical methods in the social realm, by drawing on the tools and techniques of contemporary metaphysics. Epstein uses concepts of dependence, constitution, and grounding, of parts and whole, of membership and kindhood, both to clarify existing accounts of social reality and to develop an account of his own. Whilst I admire the general strategy, I take issue with some aspects of Epstein’s implementation, notably his distinction between grounding and anchoring. I recommend that he give up this distinction, which is not crucial to his project.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalInquiry - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy
VolumeLatest Articles
Early online date13 Feb 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Feb 2017


  • Anchoring
  • Social metaphysics
  • Grounding
  • Facts
  • Dependence


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