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Single Idea 13227

[catalogued under 28. God / B. Proving God / 2. Proofs of Reason / a. Ontological Proof]

Full Idea

Being is better than not-being.

Gist of Idea

Being is better than not-being


Aristotle (Coming-to-be and Passing-away (Gen/Corr) [c.335 BCE], 336b29)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'The Basic Works of Aristotle', ed/tr. McKeon,Richard [Modern Library Classics 2001], p.527

A Reaction

[see also Metaphysics 1017a07 ff, says the note] This peculiar assumption is at the heart of the ontological argument. Is the existence of the plague bacterium, or of Satan, or of mass-murderers, superior?