Search for contacts, projects,
courses and publications

Existence

Description

What is it to exist? To be? To ask a question like these? This course presents and evaluates some classic accounts of existence (Kant, Bolzano, Frege, Russell, Meinong, Quine) and some accounts, old and new, of so called modes of being, such as reality, actuality, life, subsistence, value, social being and temporal being. It then considers some relations between existence, understood as a second-order property, and a variety of fundamental first-order properties.

 

Daly, Ch. 2009 „To be“, The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics, ed. Poidevin, R. et al., 225-233.

Prior, A. « Existence », Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. Edwards, P.

Sylvan, R. 1991 « Existence », Handbook of Metaphysics and Ontology, Vol. I, eds. Smith, B. & Burckhardt, H. Munich : Philosophia, 259-263.

Williams Miller, B. Existence Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

McGinn, C. « Existence », ch. 2 Logical Properties. Identity, Existence, Predication, Necessity, Truth, Oxford UP, 15-68

McDaniels 2017 The Fragmentation of Being, OUP, attached

Vallicella, W. 2002 A Paradigm Theory of Existence. Onto-Theology Vindicated, Dordrecht: Kluwer.

People

 

Mulligan K.

Course director

Additional information

Semester
Fall
Academic year
2019-2020
ECTS
6
Language
English
Education
Master of Arts in Philosophy, Core course, Core Course, 1st year