ProtoSociology

Volume 28, 2011

China's Modenization I

Jody Azzouni
Pages 201-211

Can Science Change our Notion of Existence?

I explore the question of whether scientific changes can induce mutations in our ordinary notion of existence. I conclude that they can’t, partially on the grounds that some of the pro­posed alternative-notions of existence are only terminologically-distinct from our ordinary notion, and so don’t provide genuine metaphysical alternatives, and partially on the grounds that the ordinary notion of existence is criterion-transcendent.