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Necessary Existence

Alexander R. Pruss and Joshua L. Rasmussen


A necessary being is a concrete entity that cannot fail to exist. An example of such a being might be the God of classical theism or the universe of necessitarians. Necessary Existence offers and carefully defends a number of novel arguments for the thesis that there exists at least one necessary being, while inviting the reader to a future investigation of what the neccessary being(s) is (are) like. The arguments include a defense of a classic contingency argument, a series of new modal arguments from possible causes, an argument from abstract objects, and a Gödelian argument from perfections ... More

Keywords: necessary existence, cosmological argument, argument from contingency, ontological argument, modal logic, necessary being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198746898
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198746898.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander R. Pruss, author
Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University

Joshua L. Rasmussen, author
Research Professor of Philosophy, Azusa State University