The Mystery of Existence: Why Is There Anything at All

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"In this deep and thoughtful book, philosopher John Leslie and public sage Robert Lawrence Kuhn organize, integrate, and reassess past and current ideas about this most compelling of metaphysical questions." ( M etapsychology , 13 August 2013) "And now John Leslie and Robert Lawrence Kuhn have published The Mystery of Existence: Why Is There Anything At All ? , a very useful anthology of classic and contemporary readings." ( First Things , 24 July 2013) "Read the book by all means. It's well written. Inevitably. After all its contributors number the greatest brains known to man. But I think it has been misnamed. The Mystery of Existence . (There really isn't anything to concern us.) ." ( New Nurturing Potential , 1 July 2013) "I certainly recommend it, but it is not the sort of book you would buy to read in the train." ( Magonia Blog , 6 June 2013) "Their book, which I would recommend highly to students, researchers or indeed anyone with a curiosity about or stimulated by these deepest of questions, offers an abundance of suggestions for further reading and research on this inexhaustible topic." ( Mysterious Planet , 1 June 2013)

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This compelling study of the origins of all that exists, including explanations of the entire material world, traces the responses of philosophers and scientists to the most elemental and haunting question of all: why is anything here or anything anywhere? Why is there something rather than nothing? Why not nothing? It includes the thoughts of dozens of luminaries from Plato and Aristotle to Aquinas and Leibniz to modern thinkers such as physicists Stephen Hawking and Steven Weinberg, philosophers Robert Nozick and Derek Parfit, philosophers of religion Alvin Plantinga and Richard Swinburne, and the Dalai Lama. * The first accessible volume to cover a wide range of possible reasons for the existence of all reality, from over 50 renowned thinkers, including Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Leibniz, Hume, Bertrand Russell, Stephen Hawking, Steven Weinberg, Robert Nozick, Derek Parfit, Alvin Plantinga, Richard Swinburne, John Polkinghorne, Paul Davies, and the Dalai Lama * Features insights by scientists, philosophers, and theologians * Includes informative and helpful editorial introductions to each section * Provides a wealth of suggestions for further reading and research * Presents material that is both comprehensive and comprehensible

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