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Single Idea 14467

[catalogued under 9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 6. Nihilism about Objects]

Full Idea

Objections to ordinary objects are the Causal Redundancy claim (objects lack causal powers), the Anti-Colocation view (statues and lumps overlap), Sorites arguments, a more economical ontology, or a more scientific ontology.

Gist of Idea

Ordinary objects are rejected, to avoid contradictions, or for greater economy in thought


Amie L. Thomasson (Ordinary Objects [2007], Intro)

Book Reference

Thomasson,Amie L.: 'Ordinary Objects' [OUP 2010], p.4

A Reaction

[my summary of two paragraphs] The chief exponents of these views are Van Inwagen and Merricks. Before you glibly accept ordinary objects, you must focus on producing a really strict ontology. These arguments all have real force.