By Rosolino Buccheri, Avshalom C Elitzur, Metod Saniga
Endophysics, Time, Quantum and the Subjective
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I have explained the eliminativist's thesis that there are atoms arranged statuewise but no statues. 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 eliminativism well enough to follow and evaluate arguments for its truth. 2 Considerations in Favour of Eliminativism This chapter contains a number of arguments for eliminating various macrophysical entities alleged by folk ontologists to exist.
So if objects endure, then we must—in light of that argument—conclude that composition as identity is false. There is a second argument against composition as identity, an argument that does not presuppose that objects endure. This second argument is a ‘modal’ version of the ﬁrst. It starts by noting that Locke, Berkeley, and Hume are identical with Locke, Berkeley, and Hume. There is no possible world in which Locke, Berkeley, and Hume exist and even one of Locke, Berkeley, and Hume does not exist.
Endorses (2) but not (1)). This too seems arbitrary. To better understand this charge of arbitrariness, and to better see the metaphysical proﬂigacy of co-location, consider the following. The aggregate of atoms, so the co-locationist's way of thinking suggests, cannot survive the loss of a single atom. So its persistence conditions differ from that of the statue and also that of the lump. ) So the aggregate is numerically distinct from both the statue and the lump. Thus the sort of reasoning that leads to co-location of lump and statue leads to co-location of lump, statue, and aggregate of atoms.
Endophysics, time, quantum and the subjective: Proceedings Bielefeld, 2005 by Rosolino Buccheri, Avshalom C Elitzur, Metod Saniga