Here's where I depart from philosophical convention (tradition): anachronistic "what is" (or "to be") is merely a sentence fragment – placeholder – that does not say anything. I find Epicurus' void (or even Spinoza's substance) a more intelligible concept than "being" and that atoms (or modes, respectively) correspond to "beings" (i.e. things, events, facts) which exist in particular.... the distinction of 'what exists' and 'what is' has to be discerned. — Wayfarer
Is existence something that has properties? It is clear that things that exist have properties, but existence is not something that exists. — Fooloso4
In philosophical theology, this is the rationale behind for example Paul Tililch's insistence that God does not exist - that while God is, God is not 'an existent' which reduces God to a being, one being among others. — Wayfarer
Assume X has the property 'existence'. In this respect we see X and existence as distinct entities. Now ask 'Does X exist? — EnPassant
Clearly existence (the uncreated void) — EnPassant
What was there before all created/contingent things? There was existence. This eternal something, from which all things came, is eternal and IS existence. — EnPassant
To argue there is an entity without form or attribute, but who has the power to create, is to define a non-physical, propertyless powerful creator.
How isn't this theism? — Hanover
EnPassant's description suggests acosmism even more than theism. — 180 Proof
I cover this same ground on my TPF profile but conclude everything is self-organizing, evolving, dissipating and not "created". — 180 Proof
i. "Why is there anything at all?" Because
(A) 'absence of any possibility of anything at all' – nothing-ness – is impossible.
(B) the only ultimate why-answer that does not beg the question is There Is No Ultimate Why-Question.
ii. existence in its entirety is the ultimate, unbounded brute fact; therefore, every existent (facts events things persons) is necessarily contingent.
iii. the real (e.g. existence) encompasses reasoning (e.g. naturalism); therefore, reasoning cannot encompass (i.e. causally explain) the real.
... and because "nothing" causes it to be.There is something because there is nothing to prevent it??? — EnPassant
Actuality consists of every possible way the world could have been and can be described. Actuality is the immanent, unbounded space of possibilities within which each instantiation of a possibility (i.e. each possible version of the world) is necessarily contingent. Actuality is necessary contingency.Existence/God contains all possibilities.
Mind-ing is what human brains do. Some mind-ing also reasons, occasionally exhibiting sufficient power to create knowledge. However, some mind-ing unreasons instead, dreaming "God creates human brains." (Buridan's Ass?)The power of reason in our minds is God. All mind is ultimately God's Mind.
:up:I guess we can make all sorts of claims about gods... — Tom Storm
Sure, Anecdotal is a type of evidence but it is weak evidence when trying to convince someone else. I can just say "Cool story, bro" and not think twice about it. — GTTRPNK
Perhaps you have low standards of evidence or aren't very skeptical. Personal experience on its own isn't good enough to believe something is true. — GTTRPNK
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