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If nothing existed, would even the fact that nothing exists not exist either?

Suppose absolutely nothing existed. Not just no material objects, but also no space, no time, no God, and even no mathematical entities. In such a case, would even the fact that nothing exists itself ...
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Are Sartre's In-itself and For-itself pure concepts?

I take the In-itself and For-itself (in reading Being and Nothingness) to be entirely distinct concepts, much like a priori and a posteriori concepts. However, with the later, I'm given to understand ...
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If something is temporally and spatially vague, then can it be individuated by its absence?

1 If something is temporally and spatially vague, then can it become nothing? I am thinking that it cannot be entirely individuated from its absence while it exists, because e.g. the space where it ...
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Different kinds of emptiness/negation = different kinds of nothingness? Re: the Kyoto School

The SEP entry on the Kyoto School was updated the other day, and I decided to read through at least some of it. Here's part of a discussion of the "nothingness" that is central to their ...
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Fixed/critical points of a nonexistence quantifier/function

Let j(∃0) = 1, and j(∃1) = 1, for a justification function j on ∃-sentences. So far, 0 is the initial critical point of the composite quantifier-function, and 1 is the initial fixed point. So let ...
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Why does the world exist, as opposed to nothingness, from Indian perspective?

I came across this Ted Talk by philosopher and author Jim Holt which raised the question as to why the universe, as we know it, exists at all as opposed to existence. The viewpoints discussed in the ...
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Is the bardo forever?

Consciousness as such is - I think - said to be made of vague parts; it has parts that are vague, e.g. the sensation of seeing red. I think this means that borderline cases of my consciousness exist ...
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If the external world indeed exists, would the ontological nihilism idea be conclusively refuted?

Descartes’ cogito has been discussed and, in many’s minds’, refuted ad nauseam. Anywhere you’ll read about ‘nothingness’, you’re likely to encounter some discussion on Descartes and his self-believed ...
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Justifying God's existence by our existence

I have a friend that claims to be theist because they exist and it's extremely unlikely for them (and the Universe, their experience of life, etc.) to exist. They say that it would be simpler (for ...
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Are various concepts of divine creation based on more basic/simpler/integrated concepts, or are they indefinitely diverse?

For example, take these four notions: Creation by rearranging/ordering prime matter (AKA from preexisting substance). By emanation.𓆉 "From nothing." Modal "toggling": ...
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What is the difference, after death, of a 90-year-old and a one-year-old?

If there is a person who died at the age of 90 and a baby who died at one year old, what is the difference between them afterwards? They are both in a state of nothingness, they cannot remember or ...
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Something vs Nothing. Reality of 0?

Is nothing really nothing or is it something? Like is 0 something or nothing? And if nothing is something then would it be right to say that if nothing existed, something existed. And something must ...
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What is the role of mental images in the perception of absence?

In the book “Metaphysics, a very short introduction” by Stephen Mumford, near the end of Chapter 9 titled “Is nothing something?”, I read the following puzzling lines: “Jean-Paul Sartre discussed the ...
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