Single Idea 15532

[catalogued under 7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 1. Nature of Existence]

Full Idea

An expansive friend of the controversial entities who says they all exist may be called an 'allist'; a tough desert-dweller who says that none of them exist may be called a 'noneist'.

Gist of Idea

'Allists' embrace the existence of all controversial entities; 'noneists' reject all but the obvious ones


David Lewis (Noneism or Allism? [1990], p.152)

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'Papers in Metaphysics and Epistemology' [CUP 1999], p.152

A Reaction

Lewis gives examples of the obvious and the controversial entities. Lewis implies that he himself is in between. The word 'desert' is a reference to Quine.