On the Impossibility of Successful Ontological Arguments

Franceschi, Paul (2003) On the Impossibility of Successful Ontological Arguments. [Preprint]

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In this paper I present a novel objection to ontological arguments. The argument concerns ontological arguments in general and has the general form of a reductio ad absurdum. Roughly, it rests on the fact that if a sound ontological argument were available, it would contradict the very nature of God. For God aims at maximizing the development of human good qualities (including thus faith) and if a successful ontological argument were available, faith would become unnecessary. Lastly, I review several objections that can be raised against the present argument.

Item Type:Preprint
Additional Information:revised
Keywords:ontological argument, proof
Subjects:Philosophy > Logic
ID Code:2850
Deposited By: Franceschi, Paul
Deposited On:30 Mar 2003
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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