This compelling study of the origins of all that exists, including
explanations of the entire material world, traces the responses of
philosophers and scientists to the most elemental and haunting
question of all: why is anything here or anything anywhere? Why is
there something rather than nothing? Why not nothing? It includes
the thoughts of dozens of luminaries from Plato and Aristotle to
Aquinas and Leibniz to modern thinkers such as physicists Stephen
Hawking and Steven Weinberg, philosophers Robert Nozick and Derek
Parfit, philosophers of religion Alvin Plantinga and Richard
Swinburne, and the Dalai Lama. * The first accessible volume to
cover a wide range of possible reasons for the existence of all
reality, from over 50 renowned thinkers, including Plato,
Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Leibniz, Hume, Bertrand Russell,
Stephen Hawking, Steven Weinberg, Robert Nozick, Derek Parfit,
Alvin Plantinga, Richard Swinburne, John Polkinghorne, Paul Davies,
and the Dalai Lama * Features insights by scientists, philosophers,
and theologians * Includes informative and helpful editorial
introductions to each section * Provides a wealth of suggestions
for further reading and research * Presents material that is both
comprehensive and comprehensible
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