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Why is there something rather than nothing? A probabilistic answer examined

Abstract:
Peter van Inwagen has given an answer to the question ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’. His answer is: Because there being nothing is as improbable as anything can be: it has probability 0. Here I shall examine his argument for this answer and I shall argue that it does not work because no good reasons have been given for two of the argument’s premises and that the conclusion of the argument does not constitute an answer to the question van Inwagen wanted to answer
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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted manuscript

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10.1017/S0031819118000189

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Oxford college:
Oriel College
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Philosophy Journal website
Volume:
93
Issue:
4
Pages:
505-521
Publication date:
2018-06-29
Acceptance date:
2018-03-19
DOI:
EISSN:
1469-817X
ISSN:
0031-8191
Pubs id:
pubs:844222
URN:
uri:d15935e7-4ba3-4d9c-9273-0a102751b7e1
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uuid:d15935e7-4ba3-4d9c-9273-0a102751b7e1
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pubs:844222

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