I’m currently working on a series of papers for my research program “Revisionary Conceptions of Grounding.” The goal of this program is to challenge orthodox views of grounding and fundamentality, and develop revisionary views on the topic. I’ll soon begin a new research program that explores how the notion of grounding can be usefully employed within philosophy of science, and another research program which explores the implications of scientific essentialism.

I wrote my dissertation on the topic of grounding and fundamentality under advisors Graham Priest  (head advisor), Barbara Montero , and Jonathan Schaffer . In short, I defended the view that grounding and causation are one and the same thing. And I made explicit the ramification of this view that world’s causal structure and hierarchical structure form a unified ontological structure.

You can read more about my research projects and dissertation here: Research_Statement_Kivatinos