On the Impossibility of Successful Ontological Arguments

Franceschi, Paul (2002) On the Impossibility of Successful Ontological Arguments. [Preprint]


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This paper presents a novel objection to ontological arguments. This objection aims at showing that ontological arguments in general, given the intrinsic nature of their conclusion, are of an impossible nature. The argument rests on the fact that conclusive ontological arguments would contradict the very nature of God.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:ontological argument
Subjects:Philosophy > Logic
ID Code:2492
Deposited By: Franceschi, Paul
Deposited On:04 Oct 2002
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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