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Single Idea 18740

[catalogued under 7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 1. Nature of Existence]

Full Idea

If there is indeed no property of existence that is expressed by the word 'exist', then it makes no sense to ask for its essence.

Gist of Idea

If 'exist' doesn't express a property, we can hardly ask for its essence


Horsten,L/Pettigrew,R (Mathematical Methods in Philosophy [2014], 2)

Book Reference

'Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophical Logic', ed/tr. Horsten,L/Pettigrew,R [Bloomsbury 2014], p.16

A Reaction

As far as I can tell, this was exactly Aristotle's conclusion, so he skirted round the question of 'being qua being', and focused on the nature of objects instead. Grand continental talk of 'Being' doesn't sound very interesting.

Related Idea

Idea 4475 Saying a thing 'is' adds nothing to it - otherwise if my concept exists, it isn't the same as my concept [Kant]