Template:BLP unsourced Template:BLP sources Trenton Merricks is a philosopher at the University of Virginia. His main fields are metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of religion. He is perhaps most famous for his account of nihilism (or what is called partial mereological nihilism), according to which, chairs and trees and things like that do not exist. They are, rather, particle systems, not solid objects, and thus our ordinary human conception of them is not totally correct. His book, Objects and Persons, is widely recognized among philosophers as being one of the most original contributions of the philosophy of mereological nihilism.