By Geraldine Coggins
Might there were not anything? is the 1st book-length examine of metaphysical nihilism – the declare that there might have been no concrete gadgets. It seriously analyses the talk round nihilism and comparable questions on the metaphysics of attainable worlds, concrete items and ontological dependence.
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This would be an ersatz world because the propositions would be the things according to which something is the case. I am happy to admit that these sorts of worlds are plausible and compatible with metaphysical nihilism. They are within the range of ersatz views I have discussed before. However, those philosophers who object to my arguments tend to think that worlds are not sets of propositions, or ersatz entities in this sense. Rather they are sets of concrete (and maybe also abstract) objects.
31 (B1) follows from Baldwin’s criterion of concreteness and (B1∗ ) follows from Rodriguez-Pereyra’s criterion of concreteness∗ . (B2) Baldwin claims is uncontroversial. (B3), however, is not obviously true. The only example he can draw on is the ontological argument. The ontological argument centres on the notion of perfection. It is a characteristic of perfection that it entails uniqueness – only one thing can be perfect. Therefore, if the ontological argument works it works only in one case.
18 According to the ersatz account worlds are maximally consistent ways things could have been. They are representational and they are the sort of things (or collections of the sort of things) according to which physical objects exist. They are not things in which concrete objects exist. They are analogous to novels or works of fiction. Concrete objects do not exist in novels, nor are novels composed of concrete objects, but novels are the sorts of things according to which concrete objects can exist or not exist.
Could there have been Nothing?: Against Metaphysical Nihilism by Geraldine Coggins