Why is there nothing rather than something? An essay in the comparative metaphysics of nonbeing

Bilimoria, Purushottama 2013, Why is there nothing rather than something? An essay in the comparative metaphysics of nonbeing, Sophia : International journal of philosophy and traditions, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 509-530, doi: 10.1007/s11841-012-0348-7.

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Title Why is there nothing rather than something? An essay in the comparative metaphysics of nonbeing
Author(s) Bilimoria, Purushottama
Journal name Sophia : International journal of philosophy and traditions
Volume number 51
Issue number 4
Start page 509
End page 530
Total pages 12
Publisher Springer Science & Business Media
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0038-1527
Keyword(s) nothingess
Summary The paper is an essay in the comparative metaphysics of nothingness that begins by pondering why Leibniz thought of the opposite question as the preeminent one. In Eastern philosophical thought, like the numeral ‘zero’ (śānya) that Indian mathematicians first discovered, nothingness as non-being looms large and serves as the first quiver on the imponderables they seem to have encountered (e.g. ‘In the beginning was neither non-being nor being’ RgVeda X.129). The concept of non-being and its permutations of nothing, negation, nullity, receive more sophisticated treatment in the works of grammarians, ritual hermeneuticians, logicians, and their dialectical adversaries, variously across Jaina and Buddhist schools, in respect of the function of negation /the negative copula, nãn, fraying into ontologies of non-existence and extinction; not least also the suggestive tropes that tend to arrest rather than affirm the inexorable being-there of something. After some passing references to interests in non-being and nothingness in contemporary (Western) thinking, the paper dwells at some length on Heidegger’s extensive treatment of nothingness in his 1927 inaugural lecture ‘Was ist Metaphysik?’, published later as What is Metaphysics? The essay however distances itself from any pretensions toward a doctrine of Nihilism.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11841-012-0348-7
Field of Research 220399 Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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