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By W.F. Vallicella

The middle of philosophy is metaphysics, and on the middle of the guts lie questions on life. what's it for any contingent factor to exist? Why does any contingent factor exist? name those the character query and the floor query, respectively. the 1st matters the character of the life of the contingent existent; the second one matters the floor of the contingent existent. either questions are historic, and but perennial of their allure; either have presided over the burial of such a lot of in their would-be undertakers that it's a reliable induction that they're going to proceed to take action. For it slow now, the popular kind in addressing such questions has been deflationary while it has no longer been eliminativist. Ask Willard Quine what life is, and you may listen that "Existence is what existential quantification expresses. "! Ask Bertrand Russell what it's for somebody to exist, and he'll inform you that someone can not more exist than it may be various: there 2 simply is not any such factor because the life of people. and naturally Russell's eliminativist resolution signifies that one can't even ask, on soreness of succumbing to the fallacy of complicated query, why any contingent person exists: if no person exists, there might be absolute confidence why anybody exists. let alone Russell's modal corollary: 'contingent' and 'necessary' can merely be stated de dicto (of propositions) and never de re (of things).

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Existence is the one necessarily existent substance. Existence is thus not a property of Socrates, or a property of a property of Socrates, or a property of domain that contains him; existence is the one substance of which he is an accident. Existence is not a property of Socrates, Socrates is a 'property' of existence. We have now arrived at the idea of a paradigm theory of existence. A paradigm theory is a moderate difference theory. Thus it upholds the distinction among an individual, its existing, and existence.

The foregoing substance/accident example seems to me to show quite clearly the coherence of the idea that there are modes of existence. An accident exists in a different way than a substance in which it inberes. The existence of an accident A consists in, is nothing other than, its inberence in a substance S. If A and S were to exist in the same way, then what could the necessary relation of the two be grounded in? Since A cannot exist without S, A's existence necessitates the existence of S. This is clearly not causal necessitation.

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