What is existence?

  • (noun): The state or fact of existing.
    Example: "Laws in existence for centuries"
    Synonyms: being, beingness
    See also — Additional definitions below


Existence has been variously defined by sources. In common usage, it is the world one is aware or conscious of through one's senses, and that persists independently in one's absence. Other definitions describe it as everything that 'is', or more simply, everything. Some define it to be everything that most people believe in. Aristotle relates the concept to causality.

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Brisbane Line - Post-war Claims
... Proponents of the existence of the Brisbane Line proposal often refer to the existence of concrete tank traps near places such as Tenterfield, which were constructed in the late 1930s, as evidence ... However the existence of defences in New South Wales did not suggest any intention of abandoning other parts of Australia ...
Moment Problem - Existence
... A condition of similar form is necessary and sufficient for the existence of a measure supported on a given interval ... Thus the existence of the measure is equivalent to (1) ...
Facticity - Heidegger
... Heidegger discusses facticity as the thrownness (Geworfenheit) of individual existence, which is to say we are "thrown into the world." By this, he is not only referring to a brute fact, or the factuality of a ... that already informs and has been taken up in existence, even if it is unnoticed or left unattended ... The thrownness of human existence (or Dasein) is accordingly disclosed through moods ...
Karma In Jainism - Scientific Interpretation
... research Jain philosopher-monks postulated the existence of karma as subtle and microscopic particles that cannot be perceived by senses, some two millennia before modern science proved the existence of atoms ... is not yet proven, one only needs to recall that science found proof of the existence of molecules and atoms only the 19th and 20th century ... and leptons only a hundred years ago may have been dismissed, though such theories were in existence ...
Existence - Dharmic "middle Way" View
150 - 250 CE) largely advanced existence concepts and founded the Madhyamaka school of Mahāyāna Buddhism ... In eastern philosophy, Anicca (Sanskrit anitya) or "impermanence" describes existence ... While the appearance and relative existence of the leaf ceases, the components that formed the leaf become particulate material that goes on to form new plants ...

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    The very existence of government at all, infers inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior to those who are not, so long as he is the repository of power, and the child inherits the wealth of the parent as a controlling law of society.
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851)

    There are in our existence spots of time,
    William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

    Sport in the sense of a mass-spectacle, with death to add to the underlying excitement, comes into existence when a population has been drilled and regimented and depressed to such an extent that it needs at least a vicarious participation in difficult feats of strength or skill or heroism in order to sustain its waning life-sense.
    Lewis Mumford (1895–1990)