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Single Idea 16007

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

Full Idea

I always reason from existence, not towards existence.

Gist of Idea

I assume existence, rather than reasoning towards it


Søren Kierkegaard (Philosophical Fragments [1844], p.40)

Book Reference

Kierkegaard,Søren: 'Philosophical Fragments', ed/tr. Hong,Howard/Edna [Princeton 1983], p.40

A Reaction

Kierkegaard's important premise to help show that theistic proofs for God's existence don't actually prove existence, but develop the content of a conception. [SY]