Studia Neoaristotelica

Volume 1, Issue 1/2, 2004

A Journal of Analytic Scholasticism

Petr Dvořák
Pages 33-69

K modálnímu ontologickému důkazu
A Journal of Analytic Scholasticism

The article deals with various modal versions of the ontological argument from N. Malcolm’s to P. Tichý’s interpretation of Anselm’s second proof. Three key presuppositions of the modal proof are pin-pointed and examined. The principal problem with the proof seems to be the notion of necessary existence attributed to God. More precisely, the question is whether this is not too strong an attribute, for then there would not be a situation, i.e. a possible world, consistently thinkable which precludes the existence of God. However, this seems to be wrong.