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Why there is Something rather than Nothing

Bede Rundle


If, as the theist maintains, God is a being who exists of necessity, his existence explains why there is something rather than nothing. However, a less demanding explanation is also possible: not that there is some particular being that has to be, but simply that there has to be something or other. Reasons are given in favour of this weaker claim, and it is then argued that if anything at all exists, the physical exists. The priority of the physical is supported by eliminating rival contenders: the supernatural is dismissed, and while other forms of being, notably the abstract and the mental, ... More

Keywords: causation, essence, existence, explanation, fine tuning, God, mind, necessity, spirit, time

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199270507
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2004 DOI:10.1093/0199270503.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bede Rundle, author
Trinity College University of Oxford