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Why eliminativism?

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Original languageEnglish
JournalSTUDIES IN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Early online date24 Sep 2018
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Accepted/In press1 Sep 2018
E-pub ahead of print24 Sep 2018

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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.

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