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Res Philosophica

Volume 95, Issue 1, January 2017

Eric Yang
Pages 179-187
DOI: 10.11612/resphil.1631

Against an Updated Ontological Argument

This paper examines a recent attempt at updating Anselm’s ontological argument by employing the notion of mediated and unmediated causal powers. After presenting the updated argument and the underlying metaphysical framework of causal powers that is utilized in the argument, I show that some of the key assumptions can be rejected. Once we closely examine some of the assumptions, it will also be evident that the updated version in some ways collapses back to Anselm’s original version and so is subject to some of the same worries.

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