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What is the cause of existence?

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Adam,

The Scholastic answer is that Existence is the cause of existence; God, who identifies himself as "I AM who am,".  If there were ever nothing, then there would always be nothing, for nothing can come from nothing.  There must be some non-contingent entity, who is in his very essence existence.  To this entity, men have often ascribed the name of God.

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J.M.J. West

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I am versed in formal logic and the predicate calculus; Modern Philosophy, Anglo-American Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy, And Christian/Catholic Philosophy. I can answer questions on - but not limited to - The Pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, The Stoics, the Early Church Era, St. Justin Martyr, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Ockham, Moore, Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Russell, G. E. Moore, Quine, Rorty, Plantinga, etc. I also have experience with Philosophy of Religion, Epistemology and other areas.

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I have a BA in Philosophy and History, and am continuing my education in both areas while discerning grad school.

Education/Credentials
Bachelors Degrees in Philosophy and History, (political science emphasis)

Awards and Honors
Cum laude, 1st Annual Harold Parker Award for Excellence in History, Benedictine College.

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