Why Is There Something, Rather Than Nothing?

In Eleanor Knox & Alastair Wilson (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Physics (2021)
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Abstract

It seems natural to ask why the universe exists at all. Modern physics suggests that the universe can exist all by itself as a self-contained system, without anything external to create or sustain it. But there might not be an absolute answer to why it exists. I argue that any attempt to account for the existence of something rather than nothing must ultimately bottom out in a set of brute facts; the universe simply is, without ultimate cause or explanation.

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Sean M. Carroll
Johns Hopkins University

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