Could there have been no concrete beings? Could there have been no contingent beings? If there could have been no such beings, why then are there any? This chapter argues that various modal metaphysics rule out the possibility of there being nothing at all. It concludes that the most prominent pictures of the nature of possibility entail the existence of something, and thus answer the question of why there is something rather than nothing.
|Title of host publication||Non-Being: New Essays on the Metaphysics of Nonexistence|
|Editors||Sara Bernstein, Tyron Goldschmidt|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|State||Published - 2021|