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Non-BeingNew Essays on the Metaphysics of Nonexistence$
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Sara Bernstein and Tyron Goldschmidt

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198846222

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198846222.001.0001

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The Cosmic Void

The Cosmic Void

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(p.115) 8 The Cosmic Void
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Non-Being
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Eddy Keming Chen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198846222.003.0008

What exists at the fundamental level of reality? On the standard picture, the fundamental reality contains (among other things) fundamental matter, such as particles, fields, or even the quantum state. Non-fundamental facts are explained by facts about fundamental matter, at least in part. In this paper, I introduce a non-standard picture called the “cosmic void” in which the universe is devoid of any fundamental material ontology. Facts about tables and chairs are recovered from a special kind of laws that satisfy strong determinism. All non-fundamental facts are completely explained by nomic facts. I discuss a concrete example of this picture in a strongly deterministic version of the many-worlds theory of quantum mechanics. I discuss some philosophical and scientific challenges to this view, as well as some connections to ontological nihilism.

Keywords:   Quantum mechanics, direction of time, non-existent objects, Everett interpretation

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