Monism special issue
Some questions just don’t seem to go away. Why is there something rather than nothing? Do we have free will? How many things are there? In this issue of the Proceedings of the Society of Drinking a Lot of Cough Syrup, we take up this last question and explore an underdeveloped answer. Monism: because counting is hard.
A Simple Argument for Existence Monism
Cameron Domenico Kirk-Giannini and David Black
Some say that there is more than one object. It might seem, for example, that my table is one and my chair is one, so together they are more than one — they are two ones. But suppose for reductio that there is more than one one. Then the ones are not one. But one cannot be not one. So there is only one one.
A Complicated Argument for Existence Monism
I argue for existence monism, as follows. (1) There is only one color (see ‘Color Monism’, this issue). (2) A surface is simply a color made real. (3) The only property that any surface has is color (from 2). (4) Every object is a surface (see ‘Dimensional Pluralism, Part II’, issue 1). (5) Every object has all the same properties (from 1, 3, 4). (6) Objects with all the same properties are identical. Hence (7) there is only one object (from 5, 6).
I introduce color monism, according to which there is only one color. I consider and reject relativistic color monism, according to which the perceiver’s favorite color is the only color (for that subject). I then defend objectivist color monism: everything we think is a distinct color is just a mode of presentation of the one true color. Periwinkle. It’s periwinkle.
Preventing Car Accidents with Dialetheism and Monism
Samuel T. X. Khoo, University of Sydney
This article applies paraconsistent logic and metaphysics to safety standards in the automobile industry: car accidents occur because two cars occupy the same portion of space-time. Car accidents can thus be eliminated by manufacturing dialetheic cars, which both occupy and do not occupy the same portion of space-time. As an added advantage, these cars also follow paraconsistent logic, thus preventing Explosion. The difficulty of building these cars with dialetheic engineers (who both work and do not work, and are both paid and are not paid) is then discussed. Finally, it is shown that these problems can be avoided in a monistic universe, in which all cars and places are one – thus removing the need for travel and automobiles altogether.