necessary existence

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A thing exists necessarily if however things had been, it would still have existed. The standard candidates include such abstract entities as numbers, and in religious thought, God. The difficulty lies in understanding how a thing could have this kind of status, and what kind of things could be supposed to have it. The ontological and cosmological arguments for God require a being with this peculiar property as their endpoint. See also perseity.

Subjects: Philosophy.

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