Seemingly natural principles about the logic of ground generate cycles of ground; how can this be if ground is asymmetric? The goal of the theory of decycling is to find systematic and principled ways of getting rid of such cycles of ground. In this paper—drawing on graph-theoretic and topological ideas—I develop a general framework in which various theories of decycling can be compared. This allows us to improve on proposals made earlier by Fine and Litland. However, it turns out that there is no unique method of decycling. An important upshot is that the notion of asymmetric ground may be indeterminate.
"Prospects for a Theory of Decycling." Notre Dame J. Formal Logic 61 (3) 467 - 499, September 2020. https://doi.org/10.1215/00294527-2020-0016