Existence Attributes: A Second Look

Review of Metaphysics 24 (4):737 - 738 (1971)
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Abstract

Briefly, I presented two distinct objections against the notion of an existence attribute, or for brevity, e-attribute: first, there is no way of adequately unpacking the analysans of ; but, second, even if there should be an acceptable formulation of, there is no general procedure for deciding which attributes satisfy this definition. Now the second of these objections, I want to say, remains sound for the reasons given in the paper cited above. Unfortunately my attempt to establish the first objection fails and the reason for the failure should not go unnoticed.

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