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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 17, Issue 4, October 2000

Kant's Philosophy of Religion

William F. Vallicella
Pages 441-458
DOI: 10.5840/faithphil200017431

Does the Cosmological Argument Depend on the Ontological?

Does the cosmological argument (CA) depend on the ontological (OA)? That depends. If the OA is an argument “from mere concepts,” then no; if the OA is an argument from possibility, then yes. That is my main thesis. Along the way, I explore a number of subsidiary themes, among them, the nature of proof in metaphysics, and what Kant calls the “mystery of absolute necessity.”

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