2 Considerations in Favour of Eliminativism

This chapter contains a number of arguments for eliminating various macrophysical entities alleged by folk ontologists to exist. These arguments, when taken together, constitute an attack on much of the folk inventory of material objects. And after we see how these arguments bear on persons in Chapter 5 , we shall see that they present a compelling case for my overall ontology. But for now the point of this chapter—taken apart from Chapter 5 —is rather modest. It is only to motivate eliminativism, to show why one might find it attractive.


I The Water in the Pool

Consider the water in the swimming pool. Some—such as those who endorse unrestricted composition or those who believe in a kind of entity called 'a mass'—say that 'the water in the swimming pool' refers to a big material object. That object, they maintain, is shaped like a plaster cast of the swimming pool; it is about as tall as the pool is deep; it, like all material objects, has a mass and a centre of gravity. They will probably add that it has all its parts—or at least all its parts that

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  • Objects and Persons iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • 1: Explaining Eliminativism 1
  • 2: Considerations in Favour of Eliminativism 30
  • 3: Epiphenomenalism and Eliminativism 56
  • 4: Surviving Eliminativism 85
  • 5: Considerations in Favour of Eliminating Us? 118
  • 6: Mental Causation and Free Will 138
  • 7: Belief and Practice 162
  • References 191
  • Index 201
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