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I think a possible solution to Maitzen's challenge is to be found in Alfred North Whiteheads process philosophy with its distinction between aggregates / heaps and individual actual entities. There is only a finite and distinct number of actual entities (viz spatiotemporally atomic events within the corpuscular society of ultimate elementary particles, and the presiding "soul" occasions of a regnant nexus within composite individuals like atoms, molecules, cells, and organisms), but there is an infinite and indeterminate number of ways to arbitrarily group them into aggregates or heaps (= macroscopic things). Consequently, the question "why do any actual entities exist rather than nothing at all" does make sense and deserves a reply, at least for those who endorse Whiteheadian metaphysics.
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Jun 4, 2012