Why eliminativism?

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Abstract

A central thesis of Steven French’s brand of ontic structural realism has always been his eliminativism about objects. Unsurprisingly, this bold and controversial thesis has seen a lot of critical discussion. In his book The Structure of the World—Metaphysics & Representation, French accordingly defends this thesis against a range of challenges. A novel feature of this defense is the use of dependence relations to articulate his eliminativism. In this paper I take a critical look at French’s defense of eliminativism and argue that the dependence relations invoked do not eliminate objects.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSTUDIES IN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Early online date24 Sept 2018
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Sept 2018

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