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A Study on Existence

Two Approaches and a Deflationist Compromise

Author(s): Giuliano Bacigalupo
Contributors: Giuliano Bacigalupo;
Subject: Philosophy

Book Description

The problem of existence is reputed to be one of the oldest and most intractable problems of philosophy: what do we mean when we say that something exists or, even more challengingly, that something does not exist? Intuitively, it seems that we all have a firm grip upon what we are saying. But how should we explain the difference – if any – between statements about existence and other, garden-variety predicative statements? What is the difference between saying that something exists and saying, for instance, that something is red, heavy, or soft? These questions provide the focus for this book. The authors discussed here include Hume, Kant, Brentano, Frege, Meinong, the Neo-Meinongians Routley, Parsons, Rapaport, Zalta, and Priest, and the free logicians Leonard, Lambert and Bencivenga. Finally, this study develops a deflationist account of existence, suggesting that there is no such thing as a nature of existence awaiting discovery.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5068-1
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5068-3
Date of Publication: 01/04/2017
Pages / Size: 201 / A5
Price: £61.99


Giuliano Bacigalupo is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, he has held positions at Seattle University, USA, and at the University of Konstanz, Germany. He holds PhD degrees in Philosophy and Comparative Literature, and has published several articles on the Austro-German tradition, Aristotle’s Poetics, and the topic of scientific fictions. Together with Claudio Majolino, he edited the monographic issue Phenomenology and Semiotics for the journal Paradigmi (2012).