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Making Objects and EventsA Hylomorphic Theory of Artifacts, Actions, and Organisms$
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Simon J. Evnine

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198779674

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779674.001.0001

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Natural Non-Organic Objects

Natural Non-Organic Objects

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(p.188) 6 Natural Non-Organic Objects
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Making Objects and Events
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Simon J. Evnine

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779674.003.0006

Natural non-organic objects—things like stars and rivers—have neither evolutionary histories nor individual histories of being made. The chapter argues that there is no reasonable account of how there can exist anything more than the matter of such objects. This supports eliminativism about them. Several attempts to argue for their existence are considered and rejected. A comparison with the easy ontology of Amie Thomasson, which does find a home for natural non-organic entities, is made. Finally, a fictionalist theory of our discourse about such things, modeled on the fictionalism of Stephen Yablo, is given.

Keywords:   Stephen Yablo, Amie Thomasson, easy ontology, eliminativism, fictionalism

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