The Puzzle of Existence: Concluding Thoughts and Table of Posts
March 10, 2014 — 16:23

Author: Kenny Pearce  Category: Existence of God Prosblogion Reviews  Tags: , ,   Comments: 2

I have now completed my series of posts on The Puzzle of Existence. I’ll conclude by saying that I enjoyed most of the essays in this book quite a lot, and found them interesting food for thought. Further reflection on the points raised by the various authors stands to enrich metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and the theory of explanation. Additionally, most of the essays are quite accessible for non-specialists, including advanced undergraduate students. Assuming that a less expensive paperback version becomes available, this book would be a great choice for graduate or advanced undergraduate courses covering explanation in metaphysics, the argument from contingency from the existence of God, or the theory of modality.

Here is a list of my 16 blog posts, corresponding to the 16 chapters of the book:

  1. Introducing The Puzzle of Existence (Goldschmidt)
  2. O’Connor on Explaining Everything
  3. Oppy on Theism, Naturalism, and Explanation
  4. Kleinschmidt on the Principle of Sufficient Reason
  5. Jacob Ross on the PSR
  6. Christopher Hughes on Contingency and Plurality
  7. Conee on the Ontological Argument
  8. John Leslie’s Axiarchism
  9. How to Determine Whether there Might have Been Nothing (Efird and Stoneham)
  10. Why do We Ask Why? (Heil)
  11. Lowe on Metaphysical Nihilism
  12. Rodriguez-Pereyra on Ontological Subtraction
  13. Kotzen on the Improbability of Nothing
  14. Lange on the Natural Necessity of Something
  15. Maitzen on the Explanatory Power of Penguins
  16. McDaniel’s Ontological Pluralism

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  • Again, Kenny, I want to thank you for this series of posts. They have been extremely informative and had excellent critical responses.

    March 13, 2014 — 22:42
  • Josh

    Nicely done, Kenny. Your reviews are also valuable to the authors of the chapters — no doubt.

    March 20, 2014 — 10:53
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