The Ontological Argument

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  • The Ontological Argument
    • Anselm
      • Second Argument
        • P1: God is the greatest conceivable being
        • P2: If God were contingent, he would not be the greatest being.
        • Conc: But God is necessary, so he exists as necessity.
      • First Argument
        • P1: God is something that which nothing greater can be concieved
        • P2: If he only existed in the mind, then he would not be the greatest conceivable being.
        • Conc: God exists in reality
    • Gaunilo's response
      • First Argument
        • P1: God is something that which nothing greater can be concieved
        • P2: If he only existed in the mind, then he would not be the greatest conceivable being.
        • Conc: God exists in reality
      • P1: If Anselm’s proof for the existence of a greatest conceivable being were sound, then we could give a sound proof for the existence of a greatest conceivable island.
      • P2: We cannot give a sound proof of the existence of a greatest conceivable island.
      • Conc. Anselm’s proof for the existence of a greatest conceivable being is not sound.
        • Anselm responded to Guanilo by arguing tht an island is contingent and has no intrinsic value so can't be compared to a necessary being which is God.
      • Descartes argument.
        • P2: Existence is a perfection
        • P1:  God is a supremely perfect being.
        • Conc: God must exist.
      • Kants objections
        • Descartes argument.
          • P2: Existence is a perfection
          • P1:  God is a supremely perfect being.
          • Conc: God must exist.
        • Kant said existence is not a predicate. To say something exists adds nothing to the definition of the thing,

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