C.S. Lewis wrote: “This is a ‘tall story’ about devilry, though it has behind it a serious ‘point.’”
Egnor explains, “Nominalism is the view that universals exist only as concepts in the mind, but not in reality.”
Having ourselves turned into dirt — or worse — reflects at least an implied philosophical view that it doesn’t ultimately matter that we ever existed.
A New Yorker obit for naturalist atheist philosopher Jerry Fodor noted Fodor’s dismissal of the “natural selection” cult but, surprisingly, did not offer polite contempt.