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Single Idea 14486

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

Full Idea

The eliminativist cannot claim to have 'discovered' some real existence conditions for chairs beyond those entailed by the semantic rules associated with ordinary use of the word 'chair'.

Gist of Idea

Eliminativists haven't found existence conditions for chairs, beyond those of the word 'chair'


Amie L. Thomasson (Ordinary Objects [2007], 09.3)

Book Reference

Thomasson,Amie L.: 'Ordinary Objects' [OUP 2010], p.157

A Reaction

It is difficult to understand atoms arranged 'chairwise' or 'baseballwise' if you don't already know what a chair or a baseball are.