Exploring Ontology

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Ultimate Reality

Well, since I would like to learn something about what the nature of ultimate reality is like, it would be nice to actually know that there is an ultimate reality. Here I’d like to put an argument forward that there must be an ultimate reality, even if it’s observer-dependent or something. It will be using an argument by contradiction.

1. Assume that there is no ultimate reality.
2. If there is no ultimate reality, no proposition can truly, ultimately describe the nature of reality.
3. Therefore, no proposition can truly, ultimately describe the nature of reality. [1,2]
4. If there is no ultimate reality, the proposition “There is no ultimate reality” truly, ultimately describes the nature of reality.
5. Therefore, the proposition “There is no ultimate reality” truly, ultimately describes the nature of reality. [1,4]
6. Therefore, by contradiction, the assumption of premise 1 must be false. [3,5]
7. Therefore, there is an ultimate reality.

So really it seems true by definition that there is an ultimate reality! A word of caution here is merited, however. Couldn’t it be the case that the only real truth one can get about reality is: “there is no ultimate reality besides the ultimate truth conveyed by this sentence.”?

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