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dc.contributor.author McGrath, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-19T20:22:42Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-19T20:22:42Z
dc.date.issued 0000
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/10481
dc.description This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy 2005 ©Taylor & Francis; Australasian Journal of Philosophy is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0004-8402&volume=83&issue=4&spage=457. DOI 10.1080/00048400500338609 en_US
dc.description.abstract One familiar form of argument for rejecting entities of a certain kind is that, by rejecting them, we avoid certain difficult problems associated with them. Such problem-avoidance arguments backfire if the problems cited 'survive' the elimination of the rejected entities. In particular, we examine one way problems can survive: a question for the realist about which of a set of inconsistent statements is false may give way to an equally difficult question for the eliminativist about which of a set of inconsistent statements fail to be 'factual'. Much of the first half of the paper is devoted to explaining a notion of factuality that does not imply truth but still consists in 'getting the world right'. The second half of the paper is a case study. Some 'compositional nihilists' have argued that, by rejecting composite objects (and so by denying the composition ever takes place), we avoid the notorious puzzles of coincidence, for example, the statue/lump and the ship of Theseus puzzles. Using the apparatus developed in the first half of the paper, we explore the question of whether these puzzles survive the elimination of composite objects. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Philosophy publications en_US
dc.source.uri http://web.missouri.edu/~mcgrathma/pubs.html en_US
dc.subject puzzle-avoidance arguments en_US
dc.subject factuality en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Nihilism (Philosophy) en_US
dc.title No objects, no problem? en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. College of Arts and Sciences. Department of Philosophy


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