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On the Impossibility of Successful Ontological Arguments

By Paul Franceschi


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

Topics: Logic
Year: 2002
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  1. Aliquid quo nihil maius cogitari possit.
  2. At least partly, since premises (1) and (4) notably result from a priori considerations.
  3. (1995). For a taxonomy of ontological arguments, see notably Oppy
  4. I thank Graham Oppy and Christopher Small for very useful comments on an earlier draft.
  5. (1965). Meditations on First Philosophy. Translated