Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing
By (author) Bede Rundle
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Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing by Bede Rundle
Book DescriptionWhy should there be anything at all? Why, in particular, should a material world exist? Bede Rundle advances clear, non-technical answers to these perplexing questions. If, as the theist maintains, God is a being who cannot but exist, his existence explains why there is something rather than nothing. However, this can also be explained on the basis of a weaker claim. Not that there is some particular being that has to be, but simply that there has to be something or other. Rundle proffers arguments for thinking that that is indeed how the question is to be put to rest. Traditionally, the existence of the physical universe is held to depend on God, but the theist faces a major difficulty in making clear how a being outside space and time, as God is customarily conceived to be, could stand in an intelligible relation to the world, whether as its creator or as the author of events within it. Rundle argues that a creator of physical reality is not required, since there is no alternative to its existence. There has to be something, and a physical universe is the only real possibility. He supports this claim by eliminating rival contenders; he dismisses the supernatural, and argues that, while other forms of being, notably the abstract and the mental, are not reducible to the physical, they presuppose its existence. The question whether ultimate explanations can ever be given is forever in the background, and the book concludes with an investigation of this issue and of the possibility that the universe could have existed for an infinite time. Other topics discussed include causality, space, verifiability, essence, existence, necessity, spirit, fine tuning, and laws of Nature. Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing offers an explanation of fundamental facts of existence in purely philosophical terms, without appeal either to theology or cosmology. It will provoke and intrigue anyone who wonders about these questions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199288663
(215mm x 142mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bede Rundle
Time, Space, and Metaphysics, Hardback (September 2009)
Bede Rundle presents a philosophical investigation of the nature and reality of time and space, by means of analysis of the concepts involved. He discusses anti-realism, time travel, temporal parts, geometry, convention, and infinity, and more general issues concerning identity, objectivity, causation, facts, and verifiability.
Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing, Hardback (February 2004)
Why should there be anything at all? Why, in particular, should a material world exist? The author advances clear, non-technical answers to these perplexing questions. He offers an explanation of fundamental facts of existence in purely philosophical terms, without appeal either to theology or cosmology.
Mind in Action, Hardback (October 1997)» View all books by Bede Rundle
Challenges the view that human action is driven by thoughts and desires much as a machine is made to function by the operation of physical causes. The author rejects the materialist view of mind and the causal theory of action; his alternative approach elucidates such key concepts as thought, belief, desire, intention, and freedom.
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