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  Existence (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Parsons: Distinguishes ‘exists’ from ‘is’, existence from being.
Zalta: Likewise distinguishes ‘exists’ from ‘is’, existence from being.
The obvious assumption here is that, if his existence were a real property, it would have to be like his other real properties such as his wisdom; and since they do add something to him, his existence should either do the same or forfeit all claim to being a real property.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/existence   (15283 words)

existence is as much a datum of philosophy as is the abstract idea of being.
existence of an infinite series of such beings, supposing such a series to be possible.
existence of the Divine, and the fact that this belief has withstood repeated assaults during so many ages in the past is the best guarantee of its permanency in the future.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/06608b.htm   (6615 words)

 Existence - First Part: Origins and definitions
Both problems have tempted philosophers to say that there are inferior sorts of existence a s well as the ordinary straightforward sort, and they therefore often suggest that we use the word "being" to cover both kinds but restrict "existence" to "being" of the common, non-fictitious, non-abstract sort.
So if we wished to conceive the existence of Adam, for example, through existence in general, it would be the same as if, to conceive his essence, we attended to the nature of being, so that in the end we defined him by saying that Adam is a being.
Existence is not a degree of reality, however; for of every degree of reality it is possible to understand the existence as well as the possibility.
www.formalontology.it /existence.htm   (5603 words)

 Existence Exists
Existence exists is an axiom which states that there is something, as opposed to nothing.
The very fact that one is aware of something is the proof that something in some form exists -- that existence exists -- existence being all that which exists.
Existence is axiomatic because it is necessary for all knowledge and it cannot be denied without conceding its truth.
www.importanceofphilosophy.com /Metaphysics_ExistenceExists.html   (195 words)

 Sommerland: Dragon Existence   (Site not responding. Last check: )
To date, theories regarding dragon existence have ranged from a physical, literal presence; the idea that dragons used to roam the earth but were wiped out by chivalrous knights or human advances.
Surprisingly enough, there are in fact very few theories as to dragon existence; the general consensus of theories regarding their life generally accept one of two conclusions, the first being that they do not exist and never have.
Because of this, details as to their existence are overlooked because the idea rests solely on this assumption, and so the theory promptly details why our world is no longer graced with dragon kind.
www.sommerland.org /ondragons/existence/theoreal.html   (3643 words)

 Dormant Grasping for True Existence According to Gelug Madhyamaka
Svatantrika, however, does assert that all phenomena have existence established by their own individual defining characteristics (rang-gi mtshan-nyid-kyis grub-pa), defined as existence established from the side of an uncommon manner of abiding that has not been merely imputed by a conceptual mind.
The Svatantrika assertions concerning both grasping for true existence and appearance-making and cognition of true existence are the same as the Prasangika assertion concerning appearance-making and cognition of true existence.
During nonconceptual total absorption on voidness, the continuity of appearance-making and cognition of true existence is maintained on a mental continuum also merely in the form of the constant habit of cognitively taking true existence.
www.berzinarchives.com /web/en/archives/sutra/level5_analysis_mind_reality/cognition_theory/level_b_fine_analysis/dormant_grasping_true_existence.html   (3508 words)

 Existence Exists
Existence, as a concept for, something, is the concept for, "all that is," without regard to what actually is or the actual nature of anything that is. It is, every entity, attribute, action, event, or phenomenon (which would include phenomena of consciousness, for example) that is at that moment.
Existence is used, in this context, to answer the question, "does such'n'such exist?" meaning, does this concept have actual ontological referents.
Ayn Rand's use of the expression, "existence exists," is one of the most profound of all her marvelous insights.
www.geocities.com /rational_argumentator/existenceexists.html   (932 words)

 Arguments for the Existence of God
While theology may take God's existence as absolutely necessary on the basis of authority, faith, or revelation, many philosophers-and some theologians-have thought it possible to demonstrate by reason that there must be a God.
God's existence is a necessary presupposition of there being any moral judgments that are objective, that go beyond mere relativistic moral preferences; such judgments require standards external to any human mind-that is, they presume God's mind.
Kant held that the existence of God and the immortality of the soul were matters of faith, not ordinary speculative reason, which, he claimed, is limited to sensation.
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 Design Arguments for the Existence of God [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Since, therefore, the effects resemble each other, we are led to infer, by all the rules of analogy, that the causes also resemble; and that the Author of Nature is somewhat similar to the mind of man, though possessed of much larger faculties, proportioned to the grandeur of the work which he has executed.
But since it is the very existence of such a being that is at issue in the debates about God's existence, design arguments appear unable to stand by themselves as arguments for God's existence.
What proponents of design arguments for God's existence, however, have not noticed is that each one of these indubitably legitimate uses occurs in a context in which we are already justified in thinking that intelligent beings with the right motivations and abilities exist.
www.iep.utm.edu /d/design.htm   (8076 words)

 Existence as Stiff-necked
Existence is a multiplicity of repetitive attempts to bring God into itself, in as much of his vast expanse, and in as much of his profundity, as it is able to capture.
Existence, with all its life-giving destructiveness and amorality, is the necessary condition for epiphany.
This is to be accomplished by a reorientation of existence from the particular to the universal.
home.att.net /~robert.kaplan/misc.html   (10958 words)

 Medieval Sourcebook: Aquinas: Theology and God
To the third, it must be said that the existence of truth in general is self- evident to us, but it is not self-evident that this particular being is the primal truth.
Furthermore, if God's existence were demonstrable, this could only be through his effects; yet his effects are not proportionate to him, for he is infinite, his effects are infinite, and there is no proportion between the two.
Nevertheless, the existence of the cause can be demonstrated clearly from the existence of the effects, even though we cannot know the cause perfectly according to its essence.
www.fordham.edu /halsall/source/aquinas1.html   (6037 words)

 Arguments for the Existence of God
For the only way in which one can infer that X exists from the fact that Y exists is by showing that the existence of X is a necessary condition for the existence of Y. These latter arguments fall into two sub-classes, according to the nature of the existential premiss that they use.
This leads people to think of existence as a positive characteristic which can be added to or subtracted from a thing, and whose presence makes a thing more perfect than it would have been without it.
And the existence of all natural events and substances must be dependent upon the existence of this non-natural substance by this non-natural kind of dependence.
www.ditext.com /broad/aeg.html   (11343 words)

 Existence - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia
Existence is a condition where an object or being ceases to not exist.
Since the opposite of existence is non-existence, and non-existence seems only to be defined as not existing; there is no other reference with which to define existence other than non-existence, and existence is simply a severe lack of non-existence.
He will destroy the world in 31,104,000,000,000,000 years (100 Bramin years), and that will be the end of existence until Brahmin recreates a new world, but there is no way you could ever verify it, therefore it does not exist.
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Existence   (675 words)

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www.sindarpsy.org /existence   (741 words)

 Bestowed Existence
From the individual's point of view, this existence emanates from outside him (from the group) and, therefore, is external.
Existence is bestowed by changing the frame of reference (from individual to group).
When we bestow existence upon a number it is not that the number is external to us and we internalize it or that it is internal and we merely externalize it.
samvak.tripod.com /bestowed.html   (1098 words)

 Medieval Sourcebook: Anselm: On the Existence of God
Nevertheless, they attempted to prove his existence anyway, and the basic strategies employed by them are the ones used every since.
For no one who denies or doubts the existence of "a being greater than which cannot be thought of" denies or doubts that, if it did exist, it would be impossible for it not to exist either in reality or in the mind.
Whatever can be thought of yet does not exist, even if it should come into existence, would not be "a being greater than which cannot be thought of." Thus "a being greater than which cannot be thought of" would not be "a being greater than which cannot be thought of," which is absurd.
www.fordham.edu /halsall/source/anselm.html   (4855 words)

 Bahá'í World Faith (`Abdu'l-Bahá's Section Only), Pages 263-267
The rational proof of this is that the atoms of the material elements are transferable from one form of existence to another, from one degree and kingdom to another, lower or higher.
In the mineral realm there was a spirit of existence; in the world of plant life and organisms it reappeared as the vegetative spirit; thence it attained the animal spirit and finally aspired to the human spirit.
Likewise if we are born from the matrix of this physical and phenomenal environment into the freedom and loftiness of the life and vision spiritual, we shall consider this mortal existence and its blessings as worthless by comparison.
www.ibiblio.org /Bahai/Texts/EN/BWF/BWF-15-printable.html   (1480 words)

 Welcome to Bitter Films
While this misty genesis unfolds, the island's most eminent resident discusses notions that still perplex him after seven decades in physics, including his gut feeling that the very universe may be constantly emerging from a haze of possibility, that we inhabit a cosmos made real in part by our own observations.
Wheeler believes the quest for an answer to that question inevitably entails wrestling with the implications of one of the strangest aspects of modern physics: According to the rules of quantum mechanics, our observations influence the universe at the most fundamental levels.
He was an early advocate of the anthropic principle, the idea that the universe and the laws of physics are fine-tuned to permit the existence of life.
www.bitterfilms.com /notlooking.html   (3337 words)

 Existence and Being by Martin Heidegger (1949)
To be sure, in the language of metaphysics the word "existence" is a synonym of "being there": both refer to the reality of anything at all that is real, from God to a grain of sand.
The ecstatic essence of existence is therefore still understood inadequately as long as one thinks of it as merely "standing out," while interpreting the "out" as meaning "away from" the inside of an immanence of consciousness and spirit.
All consciousness presupposes ecstatically understood existence as the essentia of man - essentia meaning that as which man is present insofar as he is j man. But consciousness does not itself create the openness of beings, nor is it consciousness that makes it possible for man to stand open for beings.
www.marxists.org /reference/subject/philosophy/works/ge/heidegg2.htm   (4890 words)

 Worm Holes - White Holes - Crystalinks
The central plot device of the programs is a transportation network consisting of the ring-shaped devices known as Stargates, which generate wormholes that allow one-way matter transmission between gates when the correct spatial coordinates are "dialed".
White Holes are the theoretical exact opposite of fl holes, and their existence is implied by a negative square root solution to the Schwarzchild metric.
The existence of white holes is hypothetical, as they appear to violate the second law of thermodynamics.
www.crystalinks.com /wormholes.html   (1754 words)

 The Existence of God and the Beginning of the Universe
One cannot respond that only things of a certain nature come into existence uncaused, since prior to their existence they have no nature which could control their coming to be.
In conclusion, we have seen on the basis of both philosophical argument and scientific confirmation that it is plausible that the universe began to exist.
Given the intuitively obvious principle that whatever begins to exist has a cause of its existence, we have been led to conclude that the universe has a cause of its existence.
www.leaderu.com /truth/3truth11.html   (7158 words)

 existence. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
All that exists: sang the beauty of all existence.
Specific presence; occurrence: The Geiger counter indicated the existence of radioactivity.
existence, actuality, being These nouns denote the fact or state of existing: laws in existence for centuries; an idea progressing from possibility to actuality; a point of view gradually coming into being.
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reality, actuality; positiveness; fact, matter of fact, sober reality; truth [more]; actual existence.
come into existence; arise (begin) [more]; come forth (appear) [more].
become (be converted) [more]; bring into existence [more].
thesaurus.reference.com /roget/I/1.html   (153 words)

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