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Looking for a specific joke about arguments for Meinongianism

From what I can tell, you appear to be recalling this discourse: This was a little bit of trouble to find (I tried Googling "joke about meinongianism" and it gave no results directly, but ...
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Justifying God's existence by our existence

"Therefore, some complexity (God) needs to be involved in the existence of being instead of not-being". The reference to complexity and implied design leads me to think of William Paley's ...
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Book on Meinong's theory of objects

I have Findlay's book but do not recommend it. It is an early work, not one of mature exposition, and hardly luminous in its clarity. Its scholarship is also now unavoidably dated. Try : Grossmann,...
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How does being come into being? How does existence come into existence?

IMO a statement like "being comes into being" has no meaning. In the context of your question the verb "to be" is used as a synonym of "to exist", as a full verb. Your question considers existing ...
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The grades of being

I expect Samsara and Maya come into the answer to this question, so here is a quote about being and not-being by way of 'being real' and 'not being real':- from Wikipedia: The Upanishads Hendrick ...
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How could being follow action?

One can perhaps see the seed being planted in Aquinas' characterization of esse (existence) as "act of being", a new addition to the Aristotelian matter/form duality. In modern times the ...
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How could being follow action?

One line of thought here is that of existentialism. Philosophers from Aristotle to Aquinas and beyond have thought that there is a human essence, an essential human nature; and that actions flow from ...
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Book on Meinong's theory of objects

Some references : Dale Jacquette, Alexius Meinong : The Shepherd of Non-Being, Springer (2015) Francesco Berto, Existence as a Real Property : The Ontology of Meinongianism, Springer (2013) Kenneth ...
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Why must the first mover be unmovable?

The philosophical axiom that something cannot give what it does not havenemo dat quod non habet(cf. I q. 2 a. 3) applies here. If the First Mover were movable (i.e., not pure actuality, actus ...
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Justifying God's existence by our existence

I don't know what the name of this argument is, but I would like to offer the following remark: it seems to me that this argument would simply establish that there is something ("being") ...
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What is beyond time?

OP: metaphysically, there must be a classical continuation of time beneath this limit. Indeed, not just metaphysically. Planck's constant is the smallest possible change of energy. As regards Planck ...
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Classifying the ethical characteristics of entities by cognitive properties, non-human-specific

What you describe is: To base an ethical system on the cognitive capabilities of the beings involved. Just to imagine what this means: Intelligence tests from psychology classify human beings ...
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Classifying the ethical characteristics of entities by cognitive properties, non-human-specific

Congratulations on being the first to use the post-humanism tag! I suspect there are two inter-related and fundamental difficulties facing your intriguing suggestion. The lesser of the two is the need ...
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Is being something and not any other thing a necessary and sufficient condition of existence?

Is the following an accurate statement of your position ? It does not use the terms, 'necessary and sufficient condition', but it appears to connect easily with the terms of your question. The ...
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Why must the first mover be unmovable?

Here is the question: Why does the first mover need to be unmovable? Why can it not have some potencies which are not ever actualized? This answer only tries to address the first question hoping ...
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Can there be more than one omnipotent being?

Suppose there are two omnipotent beings -- X and Y. If there is more than one omnipotent being, that means neither of those omnipotent beings is less in its power. That is, neither X < Y nor X &...
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Why must the first mover be unmovable?

See Aristotle Physics, Bk.VII : [242a50] Since everything that is in motion must be moved by something, let us take the case in which a thing is in locomotion and is moved by something that is ...
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The Real Problem of Being

If your question boils down to this... 'Be who you choose to be' might result in you choosing to be in some wanting state. 'Be who you are' might result in you being and remaining innately in some ...
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What did Plato and Plotinus mean by "beyond being?"

Here is the passage (Greek, English) quoted from Plato’s Republic (Emphasis J.W.) referring to "beyond being": καὶ τοῖς γιγνωσκομένοις τοίνυν μὴ μόνον τὸ γιγνώσκεσθαι φάναι ὑπὸ τοῦ ἀγαθοῦ ...
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Can potentiality be used to dispel Parmenides's monism?

You're asking quite a few questions here, but the at the root it seems you're asking about the principle of individuation, i.e., What makes something an individual? What makes this dog different from ...
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Can potentiality be used to dispel Parmenides's monism?

Parmenides developed an argument that forced his interlocuters to grapple with the problem of change. So far from 'dismissing' Parmenides they were taking him seriously. There are two main attempts: ...
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What are the best arguments for the defense of the "principle of motion"?

St. Thomas defends "quidquid movetur ab alio movetur" ("whatever is moved is moved by another") in his commentary on the beginning of Aristotle Physics book 7: Then at (677 [=242a44]) he [i.e., ...
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Could "I" become consciousness as someone else in the future?

Caspar John Hare discusses this idea in his book On Myself, and Other, Less Important, Subjects, in which he lays out his theory of egocentric presentism. For example, consider the following quote (...
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The preconditions of being

The only philosopher who comes to mind, not British of course, is Leibniz. Consider the following quotation from L.J. Russell : Starting with the conviction that all in nature happens mechani- ...
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Is being something and not any other thing a necessary and sufficient condition of existence?

How would you describe "being something and not any other thing"? One thing can be many things to many people. In the example from Geoffrey Thomas of cow and non-cow, there are many definitions on ...
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How could being follow action?

One of the strongest proponents of this idea (as far as I know) is Gottlob Fichte, who claims “[the intellect] has no being proper, no subsistence, for this is the result of an interaction and ...
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Does Eternalism imply looping consciousness?

I think you are misunderstanding Eternalism, which to my eyes is essentially just another way of thinking about a deterministic universe. If the universe is deterministic, there is nothing special ...
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Is being something and not any other thing a necessary and sufficient condition of existence?

Sorry, I wanted to add this as a comment but I'm new here. You might find this interesting: Empty Subject Terms in Buddhist Logic: Dignāga and his Chinese Commentators
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Are there things that don't exist?

I consider the question ill-posed, it is a trap of our language. The error is to misunderstand the role of the expression "the thing X does not exist". The expression serves to negate a ...
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