Studia Neoaristotelica

Volume 4, Issue 1, 2007

A Journal of Analytic Scholasticism

Paul E. Oppenheimer, Edward N. Zalta
Pages 28-35

Reflections on the Logic of the Ontological Argument
A Journal of Analytic Scholasticism

The authors evaluate the soundness of the ontological argument they developed in their 1991 paper. They focus on Anselm’s first premise, which asserts that there is a conceivable thing than which nothing greater can be conceived. After casting doubt on the argument Anselm uses in support of this premise, the authors show that there is a formal reading on which it is true. Such a reading can be used in a sound reconstruction of the argument. After this reconstruction is developed in precise detail, the authors show that the conclusion, a reading of the claim “God exists”, does not quite achieve the end Anselm desired.

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