Philosophic Exchange 48 (1):1-26 (2019)

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Paul R. Audi
University of Rochester
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To all appearances, the basic building blocks of reality tend to keep existing unless something intervenes to destroy them. In other words, basic things seem to have existential inertia. But why might this be? This paper considers a number of arguments for and against existential inertia. It discusses arguments inspired by Aquinas, Descartes, and Spinoza, as well as considerations deriving from Occam’s Razor, entropy, and certain views about the nature of time and change.
Keywords Time  Change  Existential Inertia  Existence
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