ISBN : 9780198746898
Necessary Existence breaks ground on one of the deepest questions anyone ever asks: why is there anything? Pruss and Rasmussen present an original defence of the hypothesis that there is a necessarily existing being capable of providing an ultimate foundation for the existence of all things. The arguments exhibit both rigor and clarity, and they provide a tool for truth-seekers to expand their understanding of the foundation of existence.
1 Introduction; 2 Metaphysical Possibility and Necessity; 3 An Argument from Contingency; 4 An Argument from Possible Causes; 5 From Possible Causes II; 6 From Modal Uniformity; 7 From Necessary Abstracta to Necessary Concreta; 8 The Argument from Perfections; 9 Arguments against a Necessary Being; Appendix: a Slew of Arguments