NotaBene .

Is Life Existing ?: J. E. Moore and D. Peers


My goal in this article is to present and compare two articles, written respectively by G. E. Moore and D. Pears, with identical name Is Existence a Predicate?". First, I will try to trace the connection between the main ideas and to show whether there is continuity between them, and then to point out certain confusions and uncertainties. In conclusion, I would like to say that I think Pears was unable to refine the idea that "exists" is not the predicate, and that his thesis at best is only applicable to referential use of indexical singular terms.

Key words: Pears, Moore, predicate, referent, indexical