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Ordinary Objects

Amie L. Thomasson


Arguments that ordinary inanimate objects such as tables and chairs, sticks and stones, simply do not exist have become increasingly common. Some arguments for eliminativism are based on demands for parsimony or for a non-arbitrary answer to the special composition question; others arise from prohibitions against causal redundancy, ontological vagueness, or colocation; and others still come from worries that a common sense ontology would be a rival to a scientific one. This book makes the case that the mistakes behind all of these superficially diverse eliminativist arguments may be traced to ... More

Keywords: causal redundancy, parsimony, vagueness, colocation, common sense, analyticity, modality, metaontology, ontological commitment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195319910
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319910.001.0001


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Amie L. Thomasson, author
University of Miami
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