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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... 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 ... 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 ... may have been dismissed, though such theories were in existence ...
150 - 250 CE) largely advanced existence concepts and founded the Madhyamaka school of Mahāyāna Buddhism ... 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 ...
... 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 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 ... is something 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 ...
... 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 ... However the existence of defences in New South Wales did not suggest any intention of abandoning other parts of Australia ...
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“It would strike me as ridiculous to want to doubt the existence of Napoleon; but if someone doubted the existence of the earth 150 years ago, perhaps I should be more willing to listen, for now he is doubting our whole system of evidence.”
—Ludwig Wittgenstein (18891951)
“We go on dating from Cold Fridays and Great Snows; but a little colder Friday, or greater snow would put a period to mans existence on the globe.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)
“The Frenchman Jean-Paul ... Sartre I remember now was his last name had a dialectical mind good as a machine for cybernetics, immense in its way, he could peel a nuance like an onion, but he had no sense of evil, the anguish of God, and the possible existence of Satan.”
—Norman Mailer (b. 1923)