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Existence

Colin McGinn

in Logical Properties

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780199241811
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598029 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199241813.003.0002
Existence

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The ‘naïve view’ of existence, according to which ‘exists’ is a genuine predicate, expressing a genuine property, is defended against the orthodox Russellian view, which maintains that to predicate existence of an object is really to say of some property that it is instantiated. It is argued that the orthodox view faces intractable problems, which the naïve view does not face, and that the latter fares better than the former in three specific contexts in which the notion of existence plays a central role: the cogito, essentialism, and the ontological argument.

Keywords: cogito; essentialism; existence; existential quantifier; ontological argument; predication; quantification; Russell

Chapter.  15181 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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