In Eleanor Knox & Alastair Wilson (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Physics (2021)

Sean M. Carroll
California Institute of Technology
It seems natural to ask why the universe exists at all. Modern physics suggests that the universe can exist all by itself as a self-contained system, without anything external to create or sustain it. But there might not be an absolute answer to why it exists. I argue that any attempt to account for the existence of something rather than nothing must ultimately bottom out in a set of brute facts; the universe simply is, without ultimate cause or explanation.
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