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### Can it be proven from pure logic that at least one thing exists?

Short Answer No. We cannot fully justify any assumptions, per the Munchausen Trilemma. https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/a/64646/29339 And one must start with assumptions to then do logic. ...
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### Can it be proven from pure logic that at least one thing exists?

No, it cannot. We must axiomatically declare that something exists, or we may obtain free logics instead. Of course, this depends on one's choice of logic, since choosing a logic includes choosing ...
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### Can it be proven from pure logic that at least one thing exists?

Can pure logic alone prove that at least one thing exists? Logic doesn't prove things. We do, using hopefully logically arguments. (a) You prove a conclusion true by deriving it, hopefully logically, ...
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### Can it be proven from pure logic that at least one thing exists?

You ask: Can it be proven from pure logic that at least one thing exists? Yes, and we can use the meta and object language distinction to prove a thing exists, where this answer is the meta language,...
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### Can it be proven from pure logic that at least one thing exists?

logic by definition, I'll refer to it as a tool even though it may not be as accurate, is a tool that infers the truth of one statement based on previous statements which are given to be true. there ...

### Can it be proven from pure logic that at least one thing exists?

Easy one: In order to prove anything from pure logic, one has to assume the existence of logic. Hence from pure logic, one can infer the existence of logic, and logic is something. QED
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### Can it be proven from pure logic that at least one thing exists?

To expand a little on causative's comment. In standard logic, it is a convention to assume that the universe of quantification is non-empty, which is to say that at least one thing exists. It we don't ...
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### Can it be proven from pure logic that at least one thing exists?

Just the fact that you are pondering this question confirms that you exist – according to Descartes, see Cogito ergo sum. Also Anselm considered his ontological argument to be a proof of the existence ...
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