Department of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

Dana Goswick, University of Melbourne: "Rocks Are Subject Dependent Crazy? True?"

Fri, January 18, 2013 | David L. Miller Conference Room, WAG 316

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

I defend a view according to which rocks, and other ordinary objects, depend on subjects for their existence.  If there were no subjects around with appropriate responses, there would be no rocks, no sticks, and no waterfalls.  This will strike many as crazy.  I argue that spelled out carefully -- as a modest response-dependent view where the relevant responses are responses to subject independent stuff, rather than as a radical idealist view -- such a view is highly plausible. 

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