Compositional Nihilism and the Cogito

Cody Gilmore
University of California, Davis
October 4, 2013 3:00-5:00 pm BUCH A202

Abstract: Compositional nihilism (CN) is the thesis that there aren’t any composite entities, entities that have proper parts. According to this view, /simples/ are the only things that there are. In this paper I develop a /cogito/-style argument against CN. The nihilist owes us a paraphrase of sentences like ‘I am conscious’, and none of the natural candidates is acceptable.