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The Dependence of Objects on Structure: Tailoring our Metaphysics to Fit the Physics

French, Steven (2010) The Dependence of Objects on Structure: Tailoring our Metaphysics to Fit the Physics. [Preprint]

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    The composition of objects is a much discussed issue in metaphysics. In this paper I look at various approaches to this issue in the context of two examples: the relationship between ‘everyday’ objects, such as tables, and their constituent physical entities, and the relationship between structures and objects, from the perspective of structural realism. My aims are first, to defend forms of eliminativism in both cases, whereby one can still make statements about the entities to be eliminated (tables and objects, respectively); and second, to highlight some of the metaphysical moves that are available to the structuralist in articulating their ontology. In doing so I hope also to indicate how metaphysics and the philosophy of science can be brought into a more productive relationship.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Structural realism; metaphysics; eliminativism
    Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Depositing User: Steven French
    Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2010
    Last Modified: 28 May 2011 12:41
    Item ID: 5559
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5559

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