<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Van Inwagen (Peter) - McGinn on Existence (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PaperSummary_16761.htm">McGinn on Existence</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/V/Author_Van Inwagen (Peter).htm">Van Inwagen (Peter)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 230, Special Issue: Existence and Identity (Jan., 2008), pp. 36-58</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PaperSummary_16761.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PapersToNotes_16761.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Author s Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>I compare the theory of existence and being (and of non-existence and non-being) presented in <a name="2"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6315.htm">McGinn (Colin) - Logical Properties</A>" with those of well-known predecessors such as Quine, Frege and Meinong. </li><li>More recently, neo-Meinongians have held that being and existence are different concepts, and that although nothing lacks being, there are things which do not exist; possibilists have held that there are mere possibilia, things which possibly exist but do not actually exist. </li><li>I examine a thesis advanced by <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P16761_1">McGinn</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P16761_1"></A> which these two positions have also endorsed, namely, that there are things which do not exist. </li><li>I survey the function of 'existential quantification', and finally contend that the predicate 'does not exist' has at least three meanings, meanings which are determined by the context in which the predicate occurs and which are importantly different from one another. </li></ol> </FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><ul type="disc"><li>Originally obtained from Van Inwagen's website: See <a name="W887W"></a><A HREF = "http://philosophy.nd.edu/people/all/profiles/van-inwagen-peter/documents/McGinnModes.doc" TARGET = "_top">Link</A> (Defunct).</li><li>Later, appeared in The Philosophical Quarterly; </li><li>Annotated printout of pre-publication version filed in <a name="3"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5976.htm">Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 18 (T-V)</A>". </li></ul><BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P16761_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P16761_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: Presumably in <a name="1"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5977.htm">McGinn (Colin) - Existence</A>". <BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T08:35" pubdate>02/08/2018 08:35:28</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>