Single Idea 7687

[catalogued under 7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 5. Reason for Existence]

Full Idea

A combinatorial ontology holds that existence is nothing more or less than completeness and consistency, or what is also called 'maximal consistency'.

Gist of Idea

Existence is completeness and consistency


Dale Jacquette (Ontology [2002], Ch. 2)

Book Reference

Jacquette,Dale: 'Ontology' [Acumen 2002], p.62

A Reaction

You'll have to read Jacquette to understand this one! The claim is that existence is to be defined in terms of logic (and whatever is required for logic). I take this to be a bit Platonist (rather than conventionalist) about logic.