My professor asked us to think about this question as we go through the unit but I am not sure what the question means. I would greatly appreciate could help me understand the question or give me a few examples about it.

Thank you in advance

  • I think the question could be interpreted differently depending on which word is emphasized. Is everything that exists an actual entity (as opposed to possible entities, or entities that have Meinongian subsistence)? Or: Is everything that exists an actual entity (as opposed to events, or perhaps entity as in mind independent substance as opposed to bundles of conventionally grouped properties)? – Adam Sharpe Mar 24 '19 at 0:06
  • I would guess yes, but it might help if you would share the titles of the textbook and chapter. – Bread Mar 24 '19 at 1:10

By this question he is trying to make you think about 'actual entity'. Here, he didn't make you explore 'existence'. So, by this question what he indirectly implies is that there is no actual entity; otherwise he wouldn't have asked you to examine a usual experience. When 'actual entity' becomes doubtful, the usage--'everything' would also become doubtful.

So I believe that this might be an entry activity for the next part / unit that is related to oneness. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oneness'


Often an entity is defined as including causality or anything which can be considered 'necessary' as opposed to humans who are 'contingent' meaning not to include causality. People are determined to exist by a 'cause' of which we are completely unaware. Contingency is marked by 'coming into existence and, at some point, passing away'. CS

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