Explaining Eliminativism

Trenton Merricks

in Objects and Persons

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780199245369
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598036 | DOI:
 Explaining Eliminativism

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Folk ontology includes statues. Eliminativism denies that statues exist but says that there are atoms arranged statuewise. In this chapter, I explain eliminativism and define ‘arranged statuewise’. I also argue that eliminativism is neither obviously false nor contradictory. In presenting this argument, I consider, among other things, ‘reductionism’ and composition as identity.

Keywords: arrangement; artifact; composition; eliminativism; folk ontology; identity; ontology; reductionism

Chapter.  9699 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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