Single Idea 15535

[catalogued under 7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 2. Types of Existence]

Full Idea

If 'existence' is understood so that it can be a substantive thesis that only some of the things there are exist, we will have none of it.

Gist of Idea

We can't accept a use of 'existence' that says only some of the things there are actually exist


David Lewis (Noneism or Allism? [1990], p.163)

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'Papers in Metaphysics and Epistemology' [CUP 1999], p.163

A Reaction

Lewis is a strong advocate, following Quine, of the univocal sense of the word 'exist', and I agree with them.