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dc.contributor.authorMcGrath, Matthew
dc.descriptionThis 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 10.1080/00048400500338609en_US
dc.description.abstractOne 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
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dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. College of Arts and Sciences. Department of Philosophy
dc.subjectpuzzle-avoidance argumentsen_US
dc.subject.lcshNihilism (Philosophy)en_US
dc.titleNo objects, no problem?en_US

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