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Topic - Women can't be Bishops -- part 2

Coel Hellier - on 27 Nov 2012
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In reply to Tim Chappell:

> That is a question for physicists on which I decline to be drawn.

So, the answer to how we decide what "exists" is this (taking the example of the Higgs Boson):

If it has an affect on our detector (in line with that expected for a Higgs) then it "exists".

It if doesn't have an affect on our detector (in line with that expected) then it doesn't "exist".

So, you see, physicists are effectively using my definition to determine whether something "exists", namely "existence" is all about whether something can, in principle, have some discernible effect.

So, can philosophers do better than this definition? Well, from what you've said, they either cop-out or leave it to physicists. In other words the de facto definition being used is my one.
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