Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 99 (4):842-868 (2018)

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Bradley Rettler
University of Wyoming
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Mereological nihilism is the view that no objects have proper parts. Despite how counter‐intuitive it is, it is taken quite seriously, largely because it solves a number of puzzles in the metaphysics of material objects – or so its proponents claim. In this article, I show that for every puzzle that mereological nihilism solves, there is a similar puzzle that (a) it doesn’t solve, and (b) every other solution to the original puzzle does solve. Since the solutions to the new puzzles apply just as well to the old puzzles, the old puzzles provide no motivation to be a mereological nihilist.
Keywords mereological nihilism  material objects  composition  coincidence puzzles  vagueness  problem of the many  ship of theseus  eliminativism
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DOI 10.1111/papq.12220
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