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Single Idea 6125

[catalogued under 9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 5. Simples]

Full Idea

Eliminativism about physical objects does not require a commitment to (or against) simples.


'Simples' are irreducible elements of reality

Gist of Idea

We can eliminate objects without a commitment to simples


Trenton Merricks (Objects and Persons [2003], 1.I)

Book Reference

Merricks,Trenton: 'Objects and Persons' [OUP 2003], p.3

A Reaction

His strategy is to eliminate objects in favour of whatever it is (an unknown) to which objects actually reduce. His point seems to be clearly correct, just as I might eliminate 'life' from my ontology, without quite knowing what it is.