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Philosophia Christi

Volume 11, Issue 2, 2009

Religious Diversity: A Dialogue

David Reiter
Pages 465-469

A Dilemma for the Proponent of the Transcendental Argument for God’s Existence

The transcendental argument for God’s existence (“TAG”) claims that the existence of the Triune God is a metaphysically necessary precondition for the most basic features of human life and experience. Philosopher Sean Choi has recently argued that TAG is best understood as having the following argument pattern: (1) p, (2) Necessarily, if p, then G (God exists), and therefore (3) G. In this note, I pose a dilemma argument for the proponent of the transcendental argument (understood this way). My hope is that the dilemma argument will spur further development and clarification of exactly what the transcendental argument is.

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