Existence monism trumps priority monism

In Philip Goff (ed.), Spinoza on Monism. Palgrave-Macmillan. pp. 51--76 (2012)
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Existence monism is defended against priority monism. Schaffer's arguments for priority monism and against pluralism are reviewed, such as the argument from gunk. The whole does not require parts. Ontological vagueness is impossible. If ordinary objects are in the right ontology then they are vague. So ordinary objects are not included in the right ontology; and hence thought and talk about them cannot be accommodated via fully ontological vindication. Partially ontological vindication is not viable. Semantical theorizing outside the ontology room and semantical theorizing in the doorway. Existence monism is theoretically preferable to priority monism.

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