Transcendental arguments against eliminativism

Lockie, Robert ORCID: (2003) Transcendental arguments against eliminativism. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 54 (4). pp. 569-589. ISSN 1464-3537

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Eliminativism was targeted by transcendental arguments from the first. Three responses to these arguments have emerged from the eliminativist literature—the heart of which is that such arguments are question-begging. These responses are shown to be incompatible with the position—eliminativism—they are meant to defend. Out of these failed responses is developed a general transcendental argument against eliminativism (the ‘Paradox of Abandonment’). Eliminativists have anticipated this argument, but their six different attempts to counter it are shown to be separately inadequate, mutually incompatible, and, again, incompatible with the position that they are seeking to defend.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1093/bjps/54.4.569
Keywords: Eliminativism; Transcendental arguments
Subjects: Philosophy
Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2012 10:36
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:39

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