|Source: Merricks - Objects and Persons, 2001, Chapter 1|
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Folk ontology includes statues1. Eliminativism denies that statues2 exist but says that there are atoms arranged statuewise3. In this chapter, I explain eliminativism and define 'arranged statuewise4'. 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.
I have not tried to establish that eliminativism is possibly true. But I have tried to explain what eliminitivism is. I have explained the eliminitivist’s thesis that there are atoms arranged statuewise5 but no statues6. And I have countered two versions of the charge that the first half of that thesis contradicts the second. This should be enough to get us started. We should now understand eliminitivism well enough to follow and evaluate arguments for its truth.
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