The Existence Principle

  • Quentin Gibson

Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 75)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 183-197

About this book


When we ask whether something exists, we expect a yes or no answer, not a further query about what kind of existence, how much of it, whether we mean existence for you or existence for me, or whether we are asking about some property which it might have.
In this book, this simple requirement is defended and pursued into its various and sometimes surprising implications. In the course of this pursuit, such questions arise as `Do appearances exist?' `Do unknowable things exist?' `Do past and future exist?' `Does God necessarily exist?' This novel and non-technical approach to important philosophical questions will be of interest to senior students of philosophy and, indeed, to all general readers with philosophical interests.


intention realism truth

Authors and affiliations

  • Quentin Gibson
    • 1
  1. 1.Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6127-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5066-8
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