Continuing in the tradition of Helen De Cruz’s intriguing survey, I present an interactive survey to collect additional data. This survey asks you questions and determines if your answers logically entail that there is one or more necessarily existing concrete particulars (things with causal powers). Your answers will be recorded and analyzed.
Although this is pure metaphysics (on the nature of concreta), the question of necessary beings has of course been of interest to philosophers of religion who view arguments for a necessary being as a first stage in a multi-stage argument for theism. That said, I would like to emphasize that the prospect of necessary concreta can be interesting in its own right, and theorists of all stripes could welcome reasons to include necessary concreta in their ontology (especially since such things can do theoretical work, such as in the philosophy of science).
The link to the survey is here: www.necessarybeing.net. It’s been tested on IE, Chrome, and Mozilla (with the latter two providing a better presentation).
Feel free to report bugs/suggestions, either by comment or by e-mail.
I am grateful to the following people for helping to review parts of the website: Trent Dougherty, Felipe Leon, Angra Mainyu, Alexander Pruss, Rachel Rasmussen (wife!), Dan Howard Snyder, Luke van Horn, Jerry Walls, and Quinton Wolfarth. The biggest “thanks” goes to Alex Pruss who not only inspired many of the arguments behind the website but who inspired me to create the website in the first place and gave me valuable feedback and advice along the way.
I should say that the present version of the website is still “beta”. Feedback is welcome. (A later version could include more pathways and more options.)