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Conceptual Fragmentation and the Rise of Eliminativism

Taylor, H.; Vickers, P.

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H. Taylor


Pluralist and eliminativist positions have proliferated within both science and philosophy of science in recent decades. This paper asks the question why this shift of thinking has occurred, and where it is leading us. We provide an explanation which, if correct, entails that we should expect pluralism and eliminativism to transform other debates currently unaffected, and for good reasons. We then consider the question under what circumstances eliminativism will be appropriate, arguing that it depends not only on the term in question, but also on the context of discussion and details of the debate at hand. The resultant selective eliminativism is an appealing compromise for various ‘pluralists’ and ‘eliminativists’ who are currently locking horns.


Taylor, H., & Vickers, P. (2017). Conceptual Fragmentation and the Rise of Eliminativism. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 7(1), 17-40.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 18, 2016
Online Publication Date Apr 7, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2017
Deposit Date Jan 18, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jan 19, 2016
Journal European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Print ISSN 1879-4912
Electronic ISSN 1879-4920
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 1
Pages 17-40
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