Prioritizing Platonism, with S. Cowling, Philosophical Studies 176/8 (2019): 2029–2042.

     ▷ Discussion of atomistic and monistic theses about abstract reality

Grounding-Mechanical Explanation, Philosophical Studies 175/6 (2018): 1289–1309.

     ▷ Characterization of a form of explanation involving grounding on the model of mechanistic causal explanation

Revelation and Physicalism, Synthese 194 (2017): 2345–2366.

     ▷ Discussion of the challenge that acquaintance with the nature of experience poses to physicalism

The Complete Work, with P. Livingston, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 72/3 (2014): 225–233.

     ▷ Defense of a psychological account of what it is for an artwork to be complete

Grounding: Necessary or Contingent? Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 94/4 (2013): 465–485.

     ▷ Argument that full grounds modally entail what they ground

The Modal Status of Materialism, with J. Levine, Philosophical Studies 145/3 (2009): 351–362.

     ▷ Argument that Lewis and others are wrong that physicalism is if true then contingently true

Physicalism and Sparse Ontology, Philosophical Studies 143/2 (2009): 147–165.

     ▷ Discussion of reductive and non-reductive physicalism formulated in a priority monist framework

Monism and Intrinsicality, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87/1 (2009): 127–148.

     ▷ Amendment of the below account with the aim of neutrality between competing theories of what is fundamental

Intrinsicality without Naturalness, with D.G. Witmer and B. Butchard, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 70/2 (2005): 326–350.

     ▷ Defense of an account of intrinsic properties in terms of (what is now called) grounding rather than naturalness


Inheritance Arguments for Fundamentality. In R. Bliss and G. Priest (eds.), Reality and its Structure. Oxford University Press (2018): 182–198.

     ▷ Discussion of a metaphysical sense of 'inheritance' and cognate notions relevant to fundamentality

Placement, Grounding, and Mental Content. In C. Daly (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook on Philosophical Methods. (2015): 481–496.

     ▷ Grounding-theoretic reformulation of Fodor's theory of content that addresses recalcitrant Quinean concerns


Grounding and Truthmaking. Draft: August 2019. For M. Raven (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Metaphysical Grounding.

     ▷ Discussion of grounding-theoretic accounts of truthmaking in terms of the theoretical role of “catching cheaters”

Grounding and Metametaphysics, with A. Skiles. In R. Bliss & J. Miller (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Metametaphysics (forthcoming).

     ▷ Discussion of the relevance of grounding to substantiveness, theory-choice, and “location problems” in metaphysics

Priority Monism, Philosophy Compass 12 (2017): 1–10.

     ▷ Argument that priority monism is best understood as being a contingent thesis

Grounding. In R. Audi (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, 3rd edition (2015).

Metaphysical Grounding, with R. Bliss. In E. Zalta (ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2014).

An Introduction to Grounding. In M. Hoeltje et al (eds.), Varieties of Dependence. Philosophia Verlag (2013): 97–122.

     ▷ General discussions of grounding, including its formal features, relations to other notions, and applications


Maurin on Grounding and Explanation, with A. Skiles. In T. Wahlberg & R. Stenwall (eds.), Maurinian Truths. Lund University (2019): 159–172.

Artwork Completion: A Response to Gover, with P. Livingston, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 73/4 (2015): 460–462.

Intrinsicality for Monists (and Pluralists), Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88/3 (2010): 555–558.


Review of K. McDaniel, The Fragmentation of Being (OUP, 2017), Philosophical Review (forthcoming).

Review of G. Coggins, Could There Have Been Nothing? (Palgrave, 2010), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2011).

Review of D. Stoljar, Ignorance and Imagination (OUP, 2006), Philosophical Review 118/2 (2009): 269–272.


I teach at Virginia Tech, where I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy.

My research focuses on metaphysics and the philosophy of mind.

trogdon [at] vt [dot] edu