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7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / d. Non-being

[non-being as the concept contrasting with being]

20 ideas
The realm of necessary non-existence cannot be explored, because it is unknowable [Parmenides]
There is no such thing as nothing [Parmenides]
Not-Being obviously doesn't exist, and the five modes of Being are all impossible [Diog. Laertius on Gorgias]
What does 'that which is not' refer to? [Plato]
Some philosophers say that in some qualified way non-existent things 'are' [Aristotle]
Meinong said all objects of thought (even self-contradictions) have some sort of being [Lycan on Meinong]
The objects of knowledge are far more numerous than objects which exist [Meinong]
Definite descriptions can't unambiguously pick out an object which doesn't exist [Lycan on Quine]
Plantinga proposes necessary existent essences as surrogates for the nonexistent things [Stalnaker on Plantinga]
There is an object for every set of properties (some of which exist, and others don't) [Sawyer on Parsons,T]
Predicates can't apply to what doesn't exist [Stalnaker]
Maybe non-existent objects are sets of properties [Lycan]
If the King of France is not bald, and not not-bald, this violates excluded middle [Linsky,B]
A Meinongian principle might say that there is an object for any modest class of properties [Rosen]
Fregeans say 'hobbits do not exist' is just 'being a hobbit' is not exemplified [Merricks]
The totality state is the most plausible truthmaker for negative existential truths [Merricks]
Things that don't exist don't have any properties [Azzouni]
's is non-existent' cannot be said if 's' does not designate [Anderson,CA]
We cannot pick out a thing and deny its existence, but we can say a concept doesn't correspond [Anderson,CA]
Sartre to Waitress: Coffee with no cream, please... [Sommers,W]