The Dynamics of Non-Being
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Maybe there is something rather than nothing because the nothingness force acted on itself, and when the nothing nothings itself it produces something. Robert Nozick suggested this as a candidate explanation of the fact that there is something rather than nothing. If he is right that it is a candidate explanation, we should pay attention: there are not many candidates out there. But his "explanation" looks, instead, like a paradigm case of philosophical nonsense. In this paper I describe a "metaphysical dynamics" that makes sense out of Nozick's apparent nonsense.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
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Skow, Bradford. “The Dynamics of Non-being.” Philosophers' Imprint 10.1 (2010): 1-14.
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