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user 80843952
London, GB
Post #: 1
Hello all.
I'm doing some research on the idea of non-existance throughout human culture. I'm looking at religion, philosophy and science to see if I can track the idea. I was wondering if any members could suggest any authors, books or articles on this subject.

Luis J.
London, GB
Post #: 4
Hi Mike,

I'm sure there is plenty out there.
From a Philosophical perspective the major line in the sand is between pre and post-Kantian thinking on the topic. See the Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant or, if you don't fancy chewing on glass, then read some tertiary material.

A good starting point would be the London Philosophy Study Guide. Fortunately, it is available online as well as in print:­

Obviously, the section on Existence is a good place to start:­

But you'll probably want to look at the sections on Objects, Substance and Events:­

What you will note is largely an emphasis on the post-Kantian/post-Fregean idea of treating questions of Metaphysics as being in the neighbourhood of linguistics or, specifically, semantics. Hence, the classic 'Kantian' retort that 'Existence is a not a predicate'. As such, there is, from an academic perspective, a great deal of cross-over with the Philosophy of Language

The so-called "Analytic tradition" is not without exception one of single-minded linguistic analysis, but, it is something that tends to characterise the tradition. As such, you'll find a substantial contrast with much of what could be termed the "pre-analytic tradition" (let alone the supposed contemporary of the Analytic tradition: Continentalism).

You'll also tend to find in most areas of Philosophy questions of existence which typically come in the form of a debate between 'Realism' and 'anti-Realism'. Again, the LPSG should have plenty to get you started in the respective sections.

A general decent Metaphysics book on the LPSG list is the Anthology edited by Crane and Farkas:

Crane, T., and K. Farkas. eds. 2004. Metaphysics: A Guide and Anthology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Best of luck,

user 80843952
London, GB
Post #: 2
Thanks very much. That's got me off to a great start. You wouldn't by any chance have any similar information about the idea on non-existance in religion, would you?
A former member
Post #: 2
not exist is not exist coz which exist is only exist.
A former member
Post #: 7
I can say this about what doesn't exist, it doesn't exist.
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