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.
|Journal||Studies In History and Philosophy of Science Part A|
|Early online date||24 Sep 2018|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2019|
- ontic structural realism
- ontological dependence
- ordinary objects