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Front. Philos. China    2014, Vol. 9 Issue (1) : 109-129
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The Meaning of “Existence” and the Contingency of Sense
Markus Gabriel()
International Centre for Philosophy, University of Bonn, D53012 Bonn, Germany
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In this paper I argue first for a revisionary ontology, that is, for an understanding of “existence” as the property of a field not to be empty. In this context, I distinguish between “metaphysics” (the theory of totality or of fundamental reality) and “ontology” (the systematic investigation into the meaning of “existence”). In the second part, I provide a sketch for a corresponding revisionary theory of the modalities in light of the new ontology proposed.

Keywords ontology      world      metaphysics      modalities      contingency      necessity      sense     
Issue Date: 16 May 2014
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Markus Gabriel. The Meaning of “Existence” and the Contingency of Sense[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2014, 9(1): 109-129.
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