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Matter and Abstractions

Bede Rundle

in Why there is Something rather than Nothing

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270507
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601392 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199270503.003.0006
Matter and Abstractions

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Granted that there has to be something, the question arises why reality has taken the form it has. The possibilities divide into the physical, the supernatural, the mental, and the abstract (the principal category of interest within the latter being that of number). The supernatural has already been ruled out, and it is argued that, while neither the mental nor the abstract is in any way fundamental, if anything at all exists, there must be a physical reality. Some light is thrown on the contentious topic of necessary existence by a consideration of mathematical necessity.

Keywords: abstractions; mathematics; matter; necessity; number

Chapter.  10774 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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