By Benedikt Paul Göcke (auth.)
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It follows that the assumption that the very same particular p exists in w and in w* entails that p exemplifies a property, F, which p does not exemplify, which is a contradiction. Hence, for the possibilist, either p exists only in w, or p exists only in w*. Although a natural consequence of modal realism, this conclusion conflicts with what can be called ‘our intuition of contingent property exemplification’. This intuition can be stated as follows: even if a particular p in fact exemplifies a certain property F, we intuitively assume that not all properties a particular exemplifies are essential properties of that particular.
5 On the first option, existence is not a property like the property of being a Dominican. Existence is not a first-order property of particulars. According to the second option, the problem concerns the very nature of proper names and the way they denote. 2 Concepts of existence Let us deal with the first option first. If existence is not a first-order property of particulars, then what is it? Again two options are available: Existence and Individual Essences 39 Either existence is not a property at all, or existence is a second-order property.
For instance, if the complete concept of a green and wooden table entailed that the table exists, I could know that there is a green and wooden table in the actual world by a priori reflection. Since, however, the complete concept of a particular does not entail existence, it follows that existence is not a first-order property. Because there is obviously a difference between existing and non-existing particulars, it follows that existence is nevertheless some kind of property of particulars. The most plausible candidate for existence as a property is to suppose that it is a second-order property of particulars.
A Theory of the Absolute by Benedikt Paul Göcke (auth.)