Sciences, normes, décision - Jan Heylen - Why is there something rather than nothing ?

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Jan Heylen - Why is there something rather than nothing ?

par Emilio Thalabard - publié le , mis à jour le


Abstract : From Leibniz to Krauss philosophers and scientists have raised the question as to why there is something rather than nothing (henceforth, the Question). Why-questions request a type of explanation and this is often thought to include a deductive component. With classical logic in the background only trivial answers are forthcoming. With free logics in the background only question-begging answers are to be expected. The same conclusion is reached for the modal version of the Question, namely ‘Why is there something contingent rather than nothing contingent ?’. I also look skeptically at the prospects of of giving causal- counterfactual or probabilistic answers to the Question.

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