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Single Idea 19659

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

Full Idea

We maintain that it is absolutely necessary that every entity might not exist. ...The absolute is the absolute impossibility of a necessary being.

Gist of Idea

The absolute is the impossibility of there being a necessary existent


Quentin Meillassoux (After Finitude; the necessity of contingency [2006], 3)

Book Reference

Meillassoux: 'After Finitude: the necessity of contingency', ed/tr. Brassier,R [Bloomsbury 2008], p.60

A Reaction

This is the main thesis of his book. The usual candidates for necessary existence are God, and mathematical objects. I am inclined to agree with Meillassoux.