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Existence (1987)

Nathan Salmon

in Metaphysics, Mathematics, and Meaning

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284719
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199284717.003.0002
 Existence (1987)

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Quine’s dictum that to be is to be a value of a variable is rejected on the grounds that variables range over nonexistents. Many things do not exist. This observation is consistent with actualism, the doctrine that everything there is exists. All things inevitably have properties. Existence and actuality are properties, Kant notwithstanding.

Keywords: actuality; existence; Kant; Meinong; ontology; Quine

Chapter.  25028 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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