Date of Award
Master of Arts
The worldmaking thesis stands as a contentious view of reality. Its primary tenet, that we play a role in cognitively making objects, properties, facts, and thereby the world, is dismissed by many philosophers as an incoherent and misguided position. In this paper I critically discuss the thesis and defend it against several criticisms: that (1) it is cosmologically incoherent, (2) raises a problem of causation, (3) implies subjectivism, (4) commits a use-mention fallacy, and (5) it commits the problem of disagreement. I show that these criticisms are not ultimately deleterious to the thesis. Furthermore, I explore ways in which worldmaking constitutes a more satisfactory account of objects, properties, and facts over and against competing views, viz., metaphysical realism.
Mack, Philip, "The Starry Heavens Above Me and the Starmaking Power Within Me" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 134.