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The End of Existence

Membership and Metaphysics, 1st Edition

By Garvin Rampersad


166 pages

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First published in 1998, this volume aims to counter the paradoxes of causality and induction as presented by empirical scepticism, though the work is not a dry critique of others' efforts in this area. In order to address these issues, the author presents his instinctive belief in the interconnectedness of the world's elements from a conceptual point of view. The work is not epistemological, but metaphysical and logical, and the assumptions are made in these areas. The principal concept is "membership", which appears in logic, language and metaphysics. Truth, existence and reference are shown to be forms of membership and, as such, invalid concepts. The famous paradoxes stretch from that of the liar to Russell's result from this misconception, which is responsible for the paradoxes of causality and induction.

Table of Contents

1. Necessary Connection: the ‘World’ Argument. 2. Paradoxes of Existence. 3. The Existential Fallacy. 4. The Positive Exposition. 5. The Descriptive World.

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