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Single Idea 8451

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

Full Idea

For Kant, existence derives from a true affirmative subject-copula-predicate judgement; existence is not a real predicate, but is merely derivatively implied by the copula ('is').

Gist of Idea

Existence is merely derived from the word 'is' (rather than being a predicate)


report of Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason [1781]) by Alex Orenstein - W.V. Quine Ch.2

Book Reference

Orenstein,Alex: 'W.V. Quine' [Princeton 2002], p.13

A Reaction

This is Kant's understanding of 'existence is not a predicate', prior to the later move of Brentano and Frege, which places existence claims in the quantifier, which is outside the proposition.