Why the subtraction argument does not add up

Analysis 62 (1):73–75 (2002)
Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra (1997) has refined an argument due to Thomas Baldwin (1996), which claims to prove nihilism, the thesis that there could have been no concrete objects, and which apparently does so without reliance on any heavy-duty metaphysics of modality. This note will show that on either reading of its key premiss, the subtraction argument Rodriguez-Pereyra proposes is invalid.
Keywords subtraction argument  metaphysical nihilism  Rodriguez-Pereyra  concrete objects  nothing
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DOI 10.1111/1467-8284.00332
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Ross Cameron (2007). Subtractability and Concreteness. Philosophical Quarterly 57 (227):273 - 279.
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