I Might Not Have Existed But Someone Exactly Like Me Might Have Existed In My Place: the idiotic conundrum

I Might Not Have Existed But Someone Exactly Like Me Might Have Existed In My Place: the idiotic conundrum

by Geoffrey Klempner
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Overview

Why me? Have you ever asked yourself that? Of all the children your parents could have had, they had you. If they had not had you, you would not have existed at all. If your parents had not met, you would have not existed, and likewise for their parents, etc.

But even if your parents did meet and had a child exactly like you, born exactly when you were born with the same genetic constitution from the same sperm and egg, that child didn't have to be YOU. In an alternate universe, 'I might not have existed but someone exactly like me might have existed in my place.' – Then, WHY ME?

Academic philosophers have found all sorts of tricks and ruses to avoid facing up to this question. But it is a real question, not a 'pseudo-problem'. Maybe it doesn't have a solution. Yet a case can be made that it is the ultimate question, a question that no-one who cares about understanding the nature of reality can ignore.

This book was written over the course of a year, but represents decades of thought about the meaning of the simple statement, 'I exist'. We take our existence for granted. But it is anything but. Once you see that, your life will never be the same.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781663513441
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 05/30/2020
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Born in London in 1951, Geoffrey attended University College School. After graduating with First Class Honours in Philosophy from Birkbeck College London he went on to University College Oxford, gaining his D.Phil in 1982. In 1995 he founded Pathways to Philosophy, a distance learning program which continues to attract students from all over the world. He is widowed, with three daughters.

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