Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Philosophy

Research Sponsor

Dr. Joseph Li Vecchi

First Reader

Dr. John Huss

Second Reader

Dr. Howard Ducharme

Abstract

The purpose of this essay is to identify what I consider to be core philosophical arguments supporting the thesis that being subsists. The design of the thesis is as follows: First, I will attempt to identify arguments supporting the claim that we posit the universe and all of its content in relation to the question of being. Second, I will identify arguments supporting the claim that it is incoherent to claim that being is merely a function of the existence of individual entities, and that all entities share being in common. Third, I will identify arguments supporting the claim that it is incoherent to hold that there is not also an entity which is subsistent being itself. Finally, once I have examined arguments for subsistent being, I will give a synthetic account of the nature of this pure being especially in its relation to individual entities.

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