On Explaining Existence

And indeed every question involves some presupposition — viz. That there indeed is an answer to it. (Rescher 7)

(Rescher 35)
(Rescher 37)

These nomic principles that define the problems of the realm of the possible need not have an existential footing — an ontological basis in some preexisting thing or collection of things. They need not — nay, must not — be hypostatized into features of things or into causal products of the operations of things. Our theory contemplates a mode of “being” independent of and prior to the existence of “things” hypostatized nomic field which fixes the structure of possibility. (Rescher 41)




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